New Mexico’s highest court had to step in to settle a vote certification issue after the state’s recent primary election, as a county GOP commission had refused to formally certify the election results.
According to NBC News, on Wednesday, the New Mexico Supreme Court ordered the Otero County Commission to go through with the certification, giving the Republican commission until Friday to make it happen. The state’s primary election was held on June 7.
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver (D) was the official who brought the issue to the state’s high court, explaining that the commission in question was “appeasing unfounded conspiracy theories and potentially nullifying the votes of every Otero County voter who participated in the primary.”
“At the meeting they identified no deficiency in the election results, but rather made unsubstantiated claims about the voting systems in use throughout the state,” the secretary of state wrote to Chief Justice C. Shannon Bacon.
Also on Wednesday, Toulouse Oliver told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that she would be referring the GOP election officials involved in denying the certification to the state’s attorney general.
Maggie Toulouse Oliver, N.M. secretary of state, confirms that she will refer Otero County commissioners to the state attorney general for violating their oath of office in refusing to certify election results. pic.twitter.com/BoQHNsvmCx
— Maddow Blog (@MaddowBlog) June 16, 2022
Toulouse Oliver released a statement upon learning of the New Mexico Supreme Court’s decision to compel the commission to certify the votes.
“The voters and candidates of Otero County can now be assured that their voices will be heard in full,” Toulouse Oliver said.
She added: “Though it was sad to see the Commission give in to discredited conspiracy theories and try to halt the legal process of election certification, it’s encouraging to know that the rule of law prevailed and that the checks and balances in our system of government remain strong.”