Colorado officials to clerk under federal probe: ‘come home’

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Ballots in the primary election cast by unaffiliated voters well up behind a guide as they are sorted by a machine after arriving at the Denver Elections Division headquarters early Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

DENVER (AP) — Rural Colorado county officials pled with community members Tuesday to pass along a message to their missing-in-action County Clerk who is being investigated for an election security breach.

Mesa County Commissioner Scott McInnis told the audience to tell Tina Peters “to come out of hiding and come home.”

Peters has not made any local appearances since Colorado’s Secretary of State Jena Griswold opened an investigation into the Mesa County elections office in August. Griswold says images of the county’s election software were obtained by conspiracy theorists and posted on far-right blogs.

Griswold also alleges that Peters allowed a non-employee into the office during a secure meeting.

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