Although there was no evidence of fraud, the commission’s actions in rural Otero County had threatened to disenfranchise more than 7,300 voters in the politically conservative southern New Mexico region.
The commissioners had previously refused to certify the results, prompting the state’s top election official to seek court intervention.
New Mexico’s primary ballot included races at every level – including Congress, governor, attorney general and a long list of local offices. These races would not have been official until all counties were certified.
“We note that the Commission has admitted that it had no facts to support the non-certification of the election results,” New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said after the vote. . “It is unfortunate that we had to take action to ensure that voters in Otero County are not disenfranchised.