Election conspiracy theorists are an expensive bunch to lend any credence to, and humoring them is about to cost Mesa County taxpayers dearly.
At the County Commissioners’ meeting yesterday, Monday, October 25, 2021, Commissioner Scott McInnis let it spill how much County Clerk Tina Peters’ election conspiracy antics are going to cost County taxpayers in the upcoming election.
Hold onto your hats.
McInnis says the tab is going to be about $1 million.
About 18 minutes into the meeting, during an election briefing by Designated Election Official Wayne Williams, McInnis raises the subject of the difficult circumstances the Commissioners found themselves in last August after County Clerk Tina Peters launched into her bizarre election conspiracy escapades. McInnis says that with all the added expenses the County will incur in this election to assure people that no fraud occurs, the cost to the county of running this November’s election will soar to about $1 million.
The estimate includes the costs of procuring new voting equipment, paying Mr. Williams’ and the county’s additional legal fees, the cost of having ballots counted multiple times in different ways to satisfy crazy election conspiracy theorists like Tina Peters and the far right extremist “Stand for the Constitution” group that is backing her, all of whom have bought into the former president’s persistent, fraudulent claims that the 2020 election was “stolen” from him.
McInnis says the hand count alone will cost $100,000, an estimate that did not include the cost of procuring a facility in which to conduct the count.
The normal cost of conducting an election in Mesa County is about $121,000.
The State of Colorado’s “Election Cost Statistics” page says the net cost of Mesa County’s 2018 general election was $121,282.
The “net cost” is the amount county taxpayers fund, and excludes any reimbursements from the Secretary of State.