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Colorado Democrat Secretary of State Jena Griswold announced on Thursday that it is adopting “emergency elections rules” to ban third parties from accessing voting equipment in the state.
Effective immediately, the new rules prohibit any third-party individual or vendor from accessing any component of a county’s voting equipment in Colorado, according to a news release.
Per the rules, a person can only access a county’s voting system if they are an employee of the county clerk, an employee of the voting system provider, an employee of the Secretary of State’s office, or an appointed election judge.
They must also have passed a comprehensive criminal background check.
Below is a statement from the Secretary of State:
The Colorado Secretary of State’s Office today adopted emergency elections rules prohibiting third-parties from accessing voting equipment in the state of Colorado.
“Colorado’s elections are considered the safest in the nation, and we must remain steadfast in our dedication to security,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold. “Along those lines, no third-party person or vendor will be permitted access to voting equipment in our state. We will not risk the state’s election security nor perpetuate The Big Lie. Sham audits have no place in Colorado.”
The new and amended rules, which have been implemented immediately, reinforce who can access state-certified voting systems. In order to access any component of a county’s voting system, a person must have passed a comprehensive criminal background check and be either an employee of the county clerk, an employee of the voting system provider, an employee of the Secretary of State’s Office, or an appointed election judge.
The rules further enable the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office to limit or prohibit the use of, as well as decertify, any voting systems component in the event of a break-in its chain-of-custody or other hardware security compromises, such that its security and integrity can no longer be verified.
A third-party vendor with no election experience is currently performing a faulty, unsecure election audit in Arizona, and calls for such sham audits have been spreading in other states. Several Colorado counties have been contacted by third parties offering to conduct audits. Colorado already administers post-election Risk Limiting Audits after every statewide election, which gives a statistical level of confidence that the outcome of an election is correct.
Many have been arguing for months that the election audit in Maricopa County, Arizona, could pave the way for many other states to follow.
Maricopa County has completed the hand counting of 2,089,563 ballots.
Now, the remaining paper evaluation process will be finished by next week.
At our current rate of examining over 100k ballots per day, we will complete the paper examination phase of the audit by Saturday, June 26.
— Maricopa Arizona Audit (@ArizonaAudit) June 16, 2021
Arizona GOP Chairwoman Dr. Kelli Ward recently provided a major update on the audit and what comes next.
Last week, it was revealed that a whopping nine state delegations will tour the Maricopa County audit facility on Friday.
Ward, who threatened that there “could be arrests of people who are refusing to comply,” says the audit could be completed much sooner than expected.
Below are Ward’s comments:
Hello everyone. Welcome to America’s audit update from the Republican Party of Arizona. I’m your Chairwoman, Dr. Kelli Ward.
Exciting news today. I want to share with you my firsthand experience touring the site of operations for the full forensic audit of the 2020 election ballots in Maricopa County, as you’ve heard here in prior updates, individuals and elected representatives from many states are touring the audit, and are looking at the possibility of taking Arizona’s lead and auditing their own election results.
Now let’s be clear, this is no ordinary take a ballot and run it through the same machine again audit. what the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors wants to call an audit. This is a comprehensive forensic audit, that’s looking at last November’s election from every conceivable perspective, a full hands on evaluation and handcount, and additional evaluation using the latest technology available.
In fact, it was great to see the impressive, impressive organization of the audit. When I was there, less than three pallets of November ballots remained to be hand counted. The next phase will be to convert many of the hand counting stations to digital imaging stations that conversion process actually has already begun.
They also look at the actual alignment of the printing of the ballots from the front to the back to see if there are any discrepancies or errors, and they even go so far as to evaluate the little oval, that’s filled in by voters to see how it was done.
Security is rigorous, it is rigorous, to the extent that the entire time that I, and my husband Mike were in the building, there was always a security person, accompanying us. Outside the Coliseum, The Arizona Rangers are providing around the clock security and limiting access to only those who are approved to enter the facility.
America’s audit is in great hands. In fact, the audit is everything that the Democrats say it’s not. It’s professional, It’s secure, It’s efficient, it’s state of the art, and it is completely nonpartisan. More importantly, it is 100% transparent.
Get a behind the scenes update of America's Audit with AZGOP Chairwoman @kelliwardaz as she reports on her tour of the audit facilities: The counting continues and imaging evaluations begin. #AmericasAudit WE WILL #FinishTheAudit pic.twitter.com/S2vx3VWdXJ
— Arizona Republican Party (@AZGOP) June 11, 2021