Douglas County clerk under investigation by Secretary of State

Elliott Wenzler
ewenzler@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 2/3/22

Douglas County Clerk and Recorder Merlin Klotz is under investigation over “potential unauthorized imaging of a Douglas County voting equipment server,” according to the Colorado Secretary of State's Office.

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Douglas County clerk under investigation by Secretary of State

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Douglas County Clerk and Recorder Merlin Klotz is under investigation over “potential unauthorized imaging of a Douglas County voting equipment server,” according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s Office.

“The Douglas County clerk has failed to respond to an email request requiring disclosure of information about this potential breach in election security protocol,” said Secretary of State Jena Griswold in a news release. 

The Secretary of State’s Office contacted Klotz after seeing a social media post attributed to the county clerk in which he says, “a full image backup of our server before a trusted build was done this year.”

According to the release, Griswold issued an order requiring Klotz to disclose information regarding the imaging of the election equipment server by Feb. 10.

The office sent Klotz an email Jan. 28 requesting he provide more details about the alleged backup with a deadline for response set for Jan. 31. He has not yet responded, according to Griswold.

A spokesperson for Douglas County said they did not have any comment at this time. 

The post attributed to Klotz came from the social media site Telegram.

Mesa County Clerk Tina Peters and Elbert County Clerk Dallas Schroeder are also being investigated by the Secretary of State’s Office for alleged unauthorized copies of election system servers. 

This is a developing story, check back for details.

Douglas County Clerk and Recorder, Colorado Secretary of State, Merlin Klutz, Jena Griswold, elections, voting equipment

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