New Mexico Updates: Following a state Supreme Court ruling, officials in Otero County, New Mexico, decided to certify the results of the primary election on Friday after first declining to do so due to worries about the voting machines.
The Republican-led panel approved the county’s primary results on June 7 by a vote of 2-1. Vickie Marquardt, one of the commissioners, claimed she voted in favour of certification out of concern for potential legal trouble and jail time. “We cannot postpone clearance until an investigation, as the New Mexico Supreme Court, the Democratic-controlled state legislature, the Secretary of State, and the Attorney General will not permit.
Marquardt said in remarks on Friday that instead, “they are railroading this commission into rubber-stamping approval under penalty of criminal charges and jail.” “From prison or if I am removed from office, I will be of no use to the people of Otero County.”
Despite the fact that there is no proof of any issues with the voting procedure in this month’s election, the commissioners have objected to the use of Dominion Voting Systems’ technology, feeding rumours that the 2020 election was rigged. The three commissioners first declined to certify the results of the vote on Monday, citing false allegations regarding Dominion voting machines.
Maggie Toulouse Oliver, the secretary of state for New Mexico, sought to compel the commission to certify the results the following day, noting that there was no evidence to support claims questioning their accuracy. On Wednesday, the state’s highest court ordered the panel to do so by Friday.
Toulouse Oliver said on Friday night, “We escaped a bullet here,” adding that the state’s legislation and the court’s action stopped “the system from fully breaking down.” She suggested that the Democratic-controlled state Legislature look into extra measures to safeguard elections from “rogue” officials.
“The truth is that had the commission stuck to its guns today, disobeyed a court order, and broken the law, they would have ended up totally disenfranchising all of the voters who turned out in their county and not seen their candidates advance to the general election,” she said. If required, we will need to take some kind of proactive action to set up a different procedure.
OTERO COUNTY, WHICH BORDERS TEXAS, HAS AROUND 67,000 POPULATION
After being found guilty in March of trespassing at the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, Commissioner Couy Griffin spoke at the meeting over the phone. He had previously appeared in Washington, D.C., earlier in the day for a sentencing hearing. On Friday, he cast the lone vote against certification.
Griffin explained that all they intended to do was manually count the ballots while inspecting the Dominion machines’ internal technology to make sure no modems were installed and connected to the internet.
An Arizona-style partisan ballot review of the 2020 election, complete with a door-to-door “audit force,” was previously approved by the Otero County commission. A congressional committee began looking into it in March for possible violations of federal law.
The investigation into these audits was launched “out of fear that they may threaten the integrity of our elections,” said Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, in a statement on Friday.
“The predictable conclusion of the Republican Party’s cynical endorsement of the Big Lie,” Maloney stated of the commissioners’ subsequent refusal to certify the results of the 2022 primary. The threat that election fraud poses to our democracy will remain at the forefront of the Oversight Committee’s attention.