Pueblo man arrested in attempted primary election voter tampering

A Pueblo man was arrested Thursday morning on allegations he attempted to tamper with a voting station in Pueblo during the primary election in June.

Pueblo police officers were notified in June of a “potential breach to a voting system” during the election and later determined Richard Patton, 31, allegedly “attempted to tamper with the voting station,” the Pueblo Police Department said in a statement.

“We would like to assure the community that all voter safeguards put in place to protect the voter process were successful,” the department said in the statement Friday morning. “No information has been found to be breached at this time.”

On Thursday about 9 a.m., Patton was arrested without incident in Pueblo. He was booked on charges of tampering with a voting machine and cyber crimes.

The Pueblo Police Department worked in conjunction with the Secretary of State, the 10th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.

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