DENVER | Colorado’s secretary of state says a third Republican county clerk is under investigation for a “potential breach of security protocols” involving elections equipment.
Jena Griswold, a Democrat, said in a Thursday statement that she has ordered Merlin Klotz, clerk and recorder of Douglas County, to disclose information about a possible copying of data from an elections server. She said Klotz had ignored a previous email request for information “about this potential breach in election security protocol.”
The possible copying occurred before system upgrades of Douglas County’s voting equipment last year designed to protect against vulnerabilities, Griswold said. She said her office does not believe “at this time” that the alleged action created “an imminent or direct security risk to Colorado’s elections.”
Klotz did not immediately respond to emailed requests for comment. He along with several others filed a lawsuit against Griswold in November demanding a third-party audit of Colorado’s 2020 election.
Klotz is the third Republican election clerk in Colorado associated with former President Donald Trump’s lies about widespread election fraud who is under investigation for alleged breaches of state election systems.
Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters is being investigated by a grand jury in a breach of the system there. Elbert County Clerk and Recorder Dallas Schroeder is under scrutiny for allegedly copying his voting system’s hard drive.