An election dispute in El Paso County, Colorado, is leading to new controversy surrounding the equipment produced and maintained by Dominion Voting Systems.
The machines remain a focal point of disputes about the accuracy of the official results of the 2020 presidential election in multiple locations.
In advance of an upcoming hand recount of primary election results from last week, El Paso County is conducting a series of preliminary tests on the Dominion machines it uses. The machines have been shown to produce numerous “adjudications.” The adjudications are a term for errors discovered through Logic and Accuracy testing of the equipment.
The hand recount has been demanded under state law by several candidates, including Mesa Clerk Tina Peters and state senate candidate Linda Zamora Wilson.
Wilson is a retired U.S. Air Force Lieutenant Colonel and a political newcomer. She faced the incumbent state senator in the district and Republican Whip Paul Lundeen in the GOP primary. This year’s primary is the first time Lundeen has faced a Republican challenger. Wilson has run a strong race even though she faced a huge fundraising disadvantage against the establishment Republican incumbent.
Wilson was the apparent winner of her contest and her victory was declared by local media outlets before the decision was overturned without any explanation.
Wilson is a strong supporter of President Donald Trump and is part of a grassroots coalition of Republican candidates who contest the results of the 2020 presidential election and have found electoral success so far this year.
Peters said on Friday that the recount of the Republican primary votes for Colorado secretary of state is an “absolute disaster” in El Paso County. After the majority of the tested ballots were rejected for adjudication, she said that Dominion equipment is “unacceptable for use in Colorado elections.”
Peters said that although her campaign was not provided reasonable notice of the testing, there were “ample witnesses present to watch the utter humiliation” caused by the failure rate.
The law requires that the candidates requesting a hand recount pay the expenses of the process. Those costs include $10,000 allocated to Dominion for “vendor programming/support.”
The testing has included around 4,000 ballots and almost 60% of those were rejected by testing for adjudication.
Dominion employees who were present for the testing were unable to get the machines to function correctly.