Colorado moves to block third parties from accessing election materials: ‘Sham audits have no place’

The Washington Examiner reports that the state of Colorado has imposed an emergency rule meant to prevent election audits similar to one currently ongoing out of Arizona.

This, of course, begs the question: What does Colorado have to hide?

“No place in Colorado”

The new rule was recently announced by Colorado’s Democratic secretary of state, Jena Griswold. The rule was reportedly adopted on a temporary, emergency basis.

“Colorado’s elections are considered the safest in the nation, and we must remain steadfast in our dedication to security,” Griswold said in a statement. “Along those lines, no third-party person or vendor will be permitted access to voting equipment in our state.”

Griswold said her team would not “risk the state’s election security” to investigate what she characterized as lies about the results of the 2020 presidential race.

“Sham audits have no place in Colorado,” she added.

As a result of this rule change, in order to access a Colorado county’s voting system, one much have undergone a criminal background check and must 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 Examiner reports.

Additionally, the rule gives Griwold’s office the ability to limit, prohibit, or decertify any voting system component whose security and integrity can no longer be verified.

“Terrified of election integrity”

The move appears to have come in direct response to GOP-led election reviews currently underway in various states. Republicans have argued that such efforts are necessary to restore the public’s confidence in the voting process following the 2020 election, but Democrats have largely opposed such efforts.

Griswold, in fact, took direct aim at the audit out of Arizona’s Maricopa County in her recent statement.

“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,” her office wrote. “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.”

Colorado Republicans including U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert have been vocal in their opposition to the new rule. “Democrats are consistently terrified of election integrity!” Boebert said, according to the Examiner.

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