Injunction sought to stop absentee vote counting in state | KOB 4

Injunction sought to stop absentee vote counting in state

The Associated Press & Ryan Laughlin
Updated: November 04, 2019 06:12 PM
Created: November 04, 2019 07:18 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Republican Party officials plan to hold a news conference Monday to discuss their lawsuit against the New Mexico Secretary of State, the Dona Ana County Clerk and the county's Absentee Voter Precinct Board.

State GOP officials say the defendants are defying a new law that calls for absentee voters to provide their name, address and year of birth.


"We don't really care who wins elections, democrats or republicans. We just want to know that it's fair," said Republican Chairman Steve Pearce.

Pearce said Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is to blame.

"I believe that she's either getting bad advice or she's willing to put her thumb on the scale and rig it for one side or the other," he said.

They also say many voters in Dona Ana County have submitted improper ballots.

The party filed its lawsuit Friday, asking the Third Judicial District Court for an injunction to stop the counting of the absentee votes.

They also want the court to issue a declaratory judgment to clarify the meaning of the 2019 changes and to set a uniform statewide standard for qualifying and counting absentee votes for this non-partisan election and future ones.

A spokesperson from the Secretary of State's office gave KOB 4 a statement about the lawsuit:

“While our Office hasn’t yet been served any lawsuit, it’s unfortunate that the state Republican Party is taking issue with the statewide guidance we provided to all county clerks which complies with the letter and intent of the law while not disenfranchising voters who have already verified that they are eligible to vote. We are in contact with the Doña Ana County Clerk’s office and understand that they are following the proper procedures, our guidance, and state law accordingly.”

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