GOP commission refuses to certify New Mexico primary vote

The insurrection continues.   This is what we have been warning people about.   The rabid right has been trying to get themselves into all positions that approve who won the election so they can throw each election to the Republicans and deny any win by a Democrat.   Forget the votes or what the voters want, these people are driven to install their own single party dictatorship and end US democracy.   We all better understand this because already in two swing states the Stop the steal election deniers have won the election oversite positions.  I am listening to Sam Seder talk on this and he makes the actions the Republicans have made to insure this result so clear.    Think in a lot of these states that have more land than people, everyone they know voted for tRump, so how could Biden have possibly won they ask.  Talk about narrowed horizons, if my and my friends did this then everyone must have done it, Right?   Can what is written below be any more clear what these people intend for 2022 and even worse for 2024?   Hugs

FILE - Otero County, New Mexico Commissioner Couy Griffin stands outside the federal court after receiving a verdict in his trial, March 22, 2022 in Washington. A federal judge has convicted Griffin of illegally entering restricted U.S. Capitol grounds, but acquitted him of engaging in disorderly conduct during the riot that disrupted Congress from certifying Joe Biden's presidential election victory. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)
FILE – Otero County, New Mexico Commissioner Couy Griffin stands outside the federal court after receiving a verdict in his trial, March 22, 2022 in Washington. A federal judge has convicted Griffin of illegally entering restricted U.S. Capitol grounds, but acquitted him of engaging in disorderly conduct during the riot that disrupted Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s presidential election victory. (AP Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

New Mexico’s secretary of state on Tuesday asked the state Supreme Court to order the Republican-led commission of rural Otero County to certify primary election results after it refused to do so over distrust of Dominion vote-tallying machines.

Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Olive’s request came a day after the three-member Otero County commission, in its role as a county canvassing board, voted unanimously against certifying the results of the June 7 primary without raising specific concerns about discrepancies.

The commission’s members include Cowboys for Trump co-founder Couy Griffin, who ascribes to unsubstantiated claims that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 election. Griffin was convicted of illegally entering restricted U.S. Capitol grounds — though not the building — amid the riots on Jan. 6, 2021, and is scheduled for sentencing later this month. He acknowledged that the standoff over this primary could delay the outcome of local election races.

“I have huge concerns with these voting machines,” Otero County Commissioner Vickie Marquardt said Monday. “When I certify stuff that I don’t know is right, I feel like I’m being dishonest because in my heart I don’t know if it is right.”

The commission’s vote is the latest example of how conspiracy theories and misinformation are affecting the integrity of local elections across the U.S. Trump has continued to describe the 2020 election as “rigged” or “stolen,” despite a coalition of top government and industry officials calling it the “most secure in American history.”

Dominion’s systems also have been unjustifiably attacked since the 2020 election by people who embraced the false belief that the election was stolen from Trump. The company has filed defamation lawsuits in response to incorrect and outrageous claims made by high-profile Trump allies.

New Mexico’s Dominion machines have been disparaged repeatedly by David and Erin Clements of Las Cruces in their review of the 2020 election in Otero County and voter registration rolls at the request of the commission. The Clements are traveling advocates for “forensic” reviews of the 2020 election and offer their services as election experts and auditors to local governments. Election officials including County Clerk Robyn Holmes say the Clements are not certified auditors nor experts in election protocols.

The couple has highlighted problems during sporadic, hourslong presentations to the commission this year. Local election officials dispute many of the findings as mistaken or unfounded.

County canvassing boards have until June 17 to certify election results, prior to state certification and preparation of general election ballots.

Under state law, county canvass boards can call on a voting precinct board to address specific discrepancies, but no discrepancies were identified on Monday by the Otero commission.

“The post-election canvassing process is a key component of how we maintain our high levels of election integrity in New Mexico and the Otero County Commission is flaunting that process by appeasing unfounded conspiracy theories and potentially nullifying the votes of every Otero County voter who participated in the primary,” Toulouse Oliver said in a statement. She accused the commission of willful violations of the state election code.

New Mexico uses paper ballots that can be double-checked later in all elections, and also relies on tabulation machines to rapidly tally votes while minimizing human error. Election results also are audited by random samplings to verify levels of accuracy in the vote count.

The Otero County commission voted last week to recount ballots from the statewide primary election by hand, remove state-mandated ballot drop boxes that facilitate absentee voting and discontinue the use of Dominion vote tabulation machines in the general election.

On Monday, Holmes said those instructions from the county commissions conflict with state and federal election law, and that she would only recount the election by hand under a court order.

“The election law does not allow me to hand tally these ballots or to even form a board to do it. I just can’t,” said Holmes, a Republican. “And I’m going to follow the law.”

Holmes noted that the state-owned vote tabulation machines from Dominion are tested by Otero County officials in public view and that the machines also are independently certified in advance. Griffin said he and fellow commissioners don’t see the process as trustworthy.

“That’s a source that we don’t have any control or influence over,” he said.

Mario Jimenez of the progressive watchdog group Common Cause New Mexico said the public can view testing of vote-tallying machines prior to elections in every county, and that certification notices are posted on every machine where voters can see them.

“They have no basis — other than ‘we just don’t trust the machine’ — for not certifying the election,” Jimenez said of the Otero County commissioners.

Though Trump won nearly 62% of the vote in Otero County in 2020, county commissioners have said they are not satisfied with results of the state’s audit of the vote count nor assurances by their Republican county clerk that elections this year will be accurate.

County commissioners could not immediately be reached for comment Tuesday.

Marquardt, the commissioner, laughed Monday at the suggestion that a court might intervene in the election dispute.

“And so then what? They’re going to send us to the pokey?” she said.

BeccaM • 2 days ago

A sneak preview of how America’s democratic republic finally ends: Republicans simply refuse to certify any election results they don’t like and disqualify however many hundreds, thousands, or millions of voters it takes for them to declare themselves the winners.

Uncle Mark’s ugly face returns • 2 days ago • edited

Democracies require candidates to accept winning and losing. The problem is we’re beset by a party that refuses to accept losing. The only good thing about this is that this party will also destroy itself from within with its own primaries, as their own childish candidates refuse to concede to their own party’s victors.

The problem is that they’re likely to destroy the process & faith in elections, before turning on each other

BartmanLA • 2 days ago

It’s starting, the next 2 years is going to be a utter shit show in relation to elections, especially in the red states. There’s going to be massive amount of lawsuits both for and against election certification and claims of fraud and tampering are going to become the norm in virtually every level of election. We’re on our way to a Theocracy and the right is fueling the flames of civil war at every turn.

2 thoughts on “GOP commission refuses to certify New Mexico primary vote

  1. I ‘love’ how Republicans are now so suspicious of the voting machines that they (Republicans) rammed down our throats back after the first GW inauguration, ostensibly to ‘allay election and voting counting insecurities.’ I don’t know for sure how many people recall this, but there was a huge push for all US counties to take these machines, either fully or mostly paid for by the Republican US gov’t at that time, so that states strapped by GW cutting off revenue sharing to give tax cuts and “refunds” to their supporters, those states almost had to take the machines. That’s how it happened here, too. The free machines had no chits or any way to verify a vote other than what a voter saw on their screens. But that was all fine, back then! Nothing to worry about. I wonder what changed for Republicans … (besides heroically ginormous GOTV efforts, and better machines with chits so voters at least know they can prove their votes.) Grrr.
    Personally, I’d be fine with going back to paper ballots with those pencils with no erasers, but I think that idea’s long gone, now. Interesting that Republicans seem ready to go back, though, yes?

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    1. Hello Ali. I am OK with both a total paper ballot system or a digital machine that puts out a paper ballot that can be kept and gone back to. One thing that the right wants that I really disagree with is to make all counting of ballots to be done by hand. That makes no sense. It is stupid. It would take weeks just for the first count and every recount after that would be more weeks. But the rabid right has become Luddites. And I think it is because they cannot understand the systems and their media has lied to them about the way the machines operate and they believe it. Hugs

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