The Pueblo Police Department (Pueblo PD) announced the arrest of Richard Patton, 31, for election crimes after he was determined to have tampered with a voting machine back in June. Officers took Patton into custody on Nov. 3 and subsequently detained without bond at the Pueblo County Judicial Center.
According to a CBS News report, poll workers heard noises coming from a voting booth during the June 28 primary elections after Patton cast his vote. “When a poll worker went to investigate and clean the machine, they saw an error message and notified a supervisor,” the report added. “Tamper-evident seals on the machine appeared to be disturbed, [and it] was immediately taken out of service for inspection.”
Gilbert Ortiz, Pueblo County clerk and recorder, recounted the events leading to the discovery of Patton’s tampering.
“It was actually a slow time, [a] slow part of the election. So there was nothing different about that day than any other day,” he said.
But according to Ortiz, an election judge noticed something was off with a polling machine after it was disinfected by poll workers as part of pandemic-related health protocols.
“They went to go clean it right after this gentleman [Patton] was there,” the county clerk shared. “They noticed on the screen that it was shut down because it had been tampered with. We picked it up, looked underneath it, saw that the seals had been broken on the USB port underneath it and immediately covered it with a box.” (Related: Cybersecurity expert informed DHS that voting machines were vulnerable to tampering BEFORE the election.)
Ortiz added that following the discovery of the tampered machine, he and other officials called the office of Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold.
According to the county clerk, Patton has been a registered Democratic Party voter since 2019 – being affiliated with the Green Party prior to his shift.
Evidence, testimony point to Patton as the culprit
The Pueblo PD released documents related to Patton’s arrest, with Colorado TV station KRDO 13 managing to obtain a copy.
Officials confirmed that Patton showed up at the polling place to cast his vote on June 28, with Ortiz saying that the 31-year-old presented his driver’s license as identification.
According to election workers, Patton asked them to cast a ballot in person. But before receiving his ballot, he reportedly asked if there were any security officers posted at the polling place. He then cast his vote and left the premises.
The affidavit obtained by KRDO 13 supported the events leading to Patton’s tampering, with an election worker seeing the error message “USB device detected: Please call a poll worker for assistance” on the voting machine. The error message appeared on the screen minutes after Patton cast his ballot.
Election supervisor Drake Rambke, who was sent by Griswold’s office, notified the PPD of the tampering following Ortiz and other poll workers discovering the breach. Officers on the scene reviewed video footage of Patton entering the polling place.
Aside from the voting machine having a “security seal torn off on the bottom” and “a USB port pulled out,” it also had wires unplugged from it.
A report by ABC News explained: “Election officials in Colorado use locks and tamper-evident seals on voting equipment, so it becomes apparent if someone has tried to access it. Trigger alerts make machines inoperable if someone tries to tamper with them.”
In spite of this, the Pueblo PD assured county residents that “all voter safeguards put in place to protect the voter process were successful” and that “no information has been found to be breached.”
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