Votes have been counted throughout the day while Americans go to the polls on Election Day 2022, and those staffing the polls are watching the procedures transpire while keeping an eye out for strange activity.
Since the 2020 election, many who attempted to interfere with elections have been discovered thanks to increased awareness of voting fraud. Colorado is already claiming more than its fair share of examples in this election.
Last month CPR News noted that “Colorado is one of the few states that mails paper ballots to every registered voter. Once voters have received their ballot, they can mail it back, drop it at a secure box. or throw it away and vote in person.”
Additionally, NPR reported last month that “The Colorado Secretary of State’s office, which oversees the state’s elections, accidentally mailed about 30,000 postcards to non-citizens who were not eligible to vote containing instructions on how to register. At least some of the people who received the postcards are living in the country without authorization.” Social media users speculated that the “accident” might not have been unintentional as the story gained popularity.
An arrest has now been made as a result of an investigation into another potential case of tampering in the same state.
In order to detect attempts to access voting equipment, Colorado election authorities use locks and tamper-evident seals. Ortiz and the Colorado Secretary of State’s office claim that Pueblo’s machines were rendered useless by trigger alerts when someone attempted to tamper with them.
Voting booth noises were detected by poll workers on the afternoon of June 28. A poll worker noticed an error message and alerted a supervisor when they went to check and clean the device. According to the secretary’s office, the machine’s tamper-evident seals seemed to be broken. As soon as possible, the machine was pulled out of service for inspection.
Months were spent looking into the event, but officials have already made an arrest.
Following reports that a voter slipped a USB thumb drive into the voting machine during the state’s primary election in June, Colorado police stated they had detained a man on suspected of tampering with voting machinery.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
On Thursday, the Pueblo Police Department’s High-Tech Crime Unit arrested 31-year-old Richard Patton, a registered Democrat, in connection with an investigation into felony charges of tampering with voting equipment and misdemeanor charges of cybercrime-unauthorized access, according to ABC News. Gilbert Ortiz, Pueblo County’s clerk and recorder, confirmed Friday that Patton has been a registered Democratic voter since 2019, when he switched his affiliation from the Green Party.
It is not entirely clear what his motives are. Authorities claimed that no election data were accessed and that the incident on June 28 did not significantly disrupt the voting process. However, experts warn that even failed breaches might become big problems in the midterm election now in progress.
According to court documents, Patton was being held without bond at the Pueblo County Judicial Center ahead of an advisement hearing that would take place later on Friday. CONTINUE READING…