The New Mexico Supreme Court ordered county commissioners in Otero County to certify the election results of the June 7 primary after they refused to do so, having cited distrust of Dominion Voting Systems vote-tallying machines.
The court granted an emergency motion filed by New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver (D) to compel the Republican-led commission to certify the election results by Friday.
Otero County Commissioner Vickie Marquardt, one of the three members, expressed “huge” concerns with the voting machines during the commission’s vote Monday but did not specify what prompted those concerns…
Dominion has been the target of voter fraud claims since 2020, when allies of former President Donald Trump claimed that the machines were hacked to produce votes in President-elect Joe Biden’s favor. The company has vehemently denied the claims, arguing they were unsubstantiated, and filed several defamation suits.
RTFA to witness today’s version of the Republican Party march that august organization backwards into the 19th Century and beyond.
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A small county in New Mexico shows where ‘big lie’ delusions can lead https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/06/15/small-county-new-mexico-shows-where-big-lie-delusions-can-lead/
“…So a county that backed Trump handily — a county in which no fraud has been shown, a county that paid for a review of its votes that found no fraud — ends up rejecting its own election results. It does so out of both a concern that this unproven fraud continues undetected and out of obstinacy as authorities demand that the county officials adhere to reality.
Otero County is an outlier, a dark-red area in which a fervent Trump ally (and Jan. 6 participant) controls one-third of the seat of power. But it also reflects how an established effort to uproot nonexistent fraud poses a real and ongoing risk to free and fair elections.”
It’s a “canary in the coalmine” for what could be coming in November and in 2024, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico’s secretary of state, told me. She said she’d never seen anything like this before.
“What we’re seeing in Otero county is a complete breakdown of the rule of law and the democratic process,” Oliver, a Democrat, said. “This isn’t just about one little county in a state of 2 million population. It’s about what happens as a result of this. What model are they setting for other similar entities around the state and around the country.”
Local officials across the country, citing shaky claims of fraud or lack of confidence in the results, could simply refuse to take the step of certifying elections. People who deny the results of the 2020 election are making a concerted effort to take over these little-known positions, from poll workers to local canvassing boards to secretaries of state.” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/jun/16/new-mexico-election-conflict-roadmap-2024-crisis
“Behind the raw public frustration and anger over election security that has played out this week in New Mexico was a hint of something deeper — a growing divide between the state’s Democratic power structure and conservative rural residents who feel their way of life is under attack.” https://news.yahoo.com/building-anger-rural-mexico-erupts-181614155.html
“Joke’s on them: how Democrats gave up on rural America” https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2022/feb/22/us-politics-rural-america