Colorado Democrat arrested on suspicion of tampering with voting machine

By Matt Connelly
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A Colorado Democrat was arrested on Thursday for allegedly inserting a USB drive into a voting machine to tamper with the machine. 

The incident took place in Pueblo, Colorado during June’s primary and authorities say no elections data was accessed and there was no disruption to voting, according to the Associated Press

The AP has more on the Democrat’s attempt to tamper with the voting machine:

A Colorado man who is a registered Democratic voter has been arrested on suspicion of tampering with voting equipment by allegedly inserting a USB thumb drive into a voting machine at a polling station during the primary election in June, authorities said.

Richard Patton, 31, of Pueblo was arrested on Thursday by members of the Pueblo Police Department High-Tech Crime Unit for investigation of tampering with voting equipment, a felony, and cybercrime-unauthorized access, a misdemeanor, the department said in a statement.

Court records indicate Patton was being held without bond at the Pueblo County Judicial Center pending an advisement hearing later Friday in which he will hear the pending charges against him. Patton was being represented by an attorney from the public defender’s office, which does not comment on pending cases.

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Matt Connelly is the founder of Campfire Colorado. Follow him on Twitter @MattConnelly.