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Will Tuesday Primary Losers Encourage New Mexico-Like Chaos?

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States holding primaries could be facing a repeat of New Mexico's election chaos if challenges take hold, and one watchdog argued it will further undermine voter confidence.

Following the June primary, the Otero County Commission cast doubts on the voting system and refused to certify local results, forcing state officials to step in.

David Becker, executive director and founder of the Center for Election Innovation and Research and the Election Official Legal Defense Network, expects more governing bodies to follow the same playbook and cry foul in the fall midterms and in 2024.

"And make no mistake, failure to certify an election in defiance of the law and in defiance of your official duty disenfranchises every single voter in your jurisdiction," Becker asserted.

One member of the three-member Otero commission who refused to certify the vote had previously been sentenced for his role in the January 6th insurrection.

There is no evidence of widespread fraud or manipulation of voting equipment in the 2020 election, but it has not stopped supporters of former President Donald Trump from repeating the allegations after he lost to Joe Biden.

New Mexico's voting process includes pre- and post-testing of voting equipment and voters mark their paper ballots by hand before they're fed into a scanner to tally the results.

Becker thinks what happened in Otero County sends a warning.

"New Mexico has one of the oldest traditions of doing extensive audits of those ballots confirming the results, and yet the county commission refused to certify," Becker pointed out.

Even before voting began Tuesday, some 2020 election deniers running for office cited possible voting irregularities and declared results would be invalid unless they won. Becker contended those candidates are cloaking themselves in election integrity, while actually trying to dismantle election integrity.

"The Otero County situation was just a very small example of what we could see in November and December of 2022, unless we restore sanity to this process," Becker emphasized.

Several election deniers backed by the former president won their primaries this week and will face Democratic challengers in GOP-led states in November.

Support for this reporting was provided by The Carnegie Corporation of New York.



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