Former top Republican lawmaker from Colorado received leaked voting data

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A former Republican minority leader in the Colorado legislature is among the recipients of a trove of sensitive voting data leaked by a county official working with an activist seeking to prove President Donald Trump’s stolen election claims, said the Secretary of State’s office to Reuters on Monday. .

The revelation indicates that the voting data breach in Elbert County was broader than previously thought. The case, which is currently being investigated by the Colorado Secretary of State, is one of at least nine unauthorized attempts to access voting system data in the United States, including at minus eight involved Republican officials or activists seeking evidence to delegitimize Democratic President Joe Biden. electoral victory.

Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder previously testified that he copied voting data from the county’s election server onto two hard drives and gave the drives to two people, both attorneys. Schroeder, responding to the inquiry and a related lawsuit from the Secretary of State, revealed that one of the recipients was his own attorney, John Case, and declined to name the other attorney.

But Schroeder actually gave the data to two other attorneys, in addition to Case, according to the secretary of state’s spokeswoman Annie Orloff. The two lawyers’ affidavits were due for release on Monday.

One of the attorneys was Joseph Stengel, a former state legislator who served as Republican Minority Leader until his resignation in 2006. Denver-based Stengel is a former associate of Case, who represents Clerk Schroeder in the state trial.

The other was Elbert County attorney Ric Morgan, who is also listed as the county’s Veterans Services officer.

Reached by Reuters, Stengel declined to answer questions about his role in the violation of the voting system. Morgan did not respond to multiple calls and emails.

Schroeder did not respond to requests for comment. He said in legal documents he believed he had a “statutory duty” to keep records of the 2020 election.

In a statement to Reuters last week, Schroeder’s lawyer Case said the clerk acted legally and argued that information on the hard drives should be public records. The copied material includes images of ballots, Case said, but “no voter information.” He said the information could have “tremendous historical value”.

“Dallas Schroeder did not violate any election law or rule,” he said in the statement.

Asked about a response to Case’s statement, Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold’s office told Reuters that Schroeder broke rules barring ‘unqualified persons’ from accessing systems equipment. of voting. He also violated rules prohibiting the use of certain “removable storage media,” Griswold’s office said, referring to the device Schroeder used to image systems.
Griswold’s office said it was still reviewing the data on the hard drives.

Schroeder testified that he received instructions on how to copy system data from retired Air Force Colonel and political activist Shawn Smith, a Trump supporter determined to prove himself. there had been electoral fraud in 2020.

Smith’s organization, the US Election Integrity Plan (USEIP), lobbied local Colorado County clerks to investigate unsubstantiated allegations of 2020 voter fraud and to give USEIP unauthorized access to voting data to conduct forensic audits, according to interviews with clerks and the Colorado Association of County Clerks.

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