New Mexico county spooked by Dominion votes to certify election under court docket order

Couy Griffin
Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin stands exterior federal court. (WHD Photo/Gemunu Amarasinghe, File)

New Mexico county spooked by Dominion votes to certify election underneath court order

Daniel Chaitin

June 17, 06:56 PM June 17, 06:56 PM

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Bending to a substantial court order, a county commission in New Mexico opted to certify the election effects of the June 7 principal on Friday.

The standoff that started around distrust of Dominion Voting Units vote-tallying machines finished with a 2-1 vote in the GOP-led Otero County commission at the end of an emergency meeting.

Commissioner Couy Griffin, who is the founder of “Cowboys for Trump,” was the lone no vote. “If this is as much as our audit goes … it can be plenty of to verify how afraid they are at the prime,” he stated, phoning into the meeting. Couy claimed they required to “glance at the technological know-how inside of the Dominion equipment” and hand count the ballots as element of their “meager” demands.

Couy created headlines earlier in the day for receiving a sentence around his role in the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021. He was convicted in March of illegally entering restricted grounds at the Capitol.

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Before this 7 days, the New Mexico’s Supreme Court experienced purchased the fee to certify the votes right after Secretary of Condition Maggie Toulouse Oliver (D) asked for it to intervene. She claimed her workplace also designed a prison referral to the New Mexico attorney common.

“The base line is that the county commission does not have any authority more than the voting equipment. We have a lawful process that has been adopted to the letter here in New Mexico,” she stated.

Dominion in unique has been the focus on of voter fraud statements given that the 2020 election, boosted by previous President Donald Trump and his allies who claimed that its equipment were hacked to create votes in President-elect Joe Biden’s favor. The enterprise has vehemently denied the statements, arguing they had been unsubstantiated, and submitted quite a few defamation satisfies.

“This is however a further case in point of how lies about Dominion have ruined our corporation and diminished the public’s faith in elections,” a spokesperson for Dominion stated in response to the Otero County panel’s previously vote to refuse certification.

Several countywide races were being conducted all through the major, which includes county assessor, county commissioners for the 2nd and 11th districts, and county sheriff.

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