New Mexico Clinton Endorser "Borrowed" Ballot Boxes Full o' Votes
Holy voter fraud, Batman!
New Mexico results from Super Tuesday have yet to be tabulated. Currently, at 99% reporting, the race sits at:
Clinton 68,654 49%
Obama 67,531 48%
This race becomes even more interesting with the new revelation that half the ballots from Rio Arriba County spent the night at a state legislators home that had endorsed Senator Clinton. From New Mexico Politics:
The New Mexico Democratic Party caucus may be tainted by three ballot boxes that spent the night in the home of the Rio Arriba County party chair or the homes of other local election officials instead of being reported to the state party.
Those ballots still haven’t been counted, but they have been retrieved by the state party.
Several sources told me the ballot boxes spent the night at the home of Rio Arriba County Democratic Party Chair Theresa Martinez, whose state-lawmaker husband, Sen. Richard Martinez, endorsed Hillary Clinton. But Richard Martinez told Santa Fe New Mexican reporter Kate Nash that the boxes actually spent the night in the homes of three polling-place managers. He gave Nash no explanation for why the results from those ballots weren’t reported to the state party last night and why they were instead kept overnight in officials’ homes.
Would it be too much for me to question whether Ms. Martinez might've taken a sneak peak at some of those ballots? It gets worse.
The three ballot boxes from Rio Arriba County and a fourth from Sandoval County account for the 2 percent of precincts that haven’t yet reported results from Tuesday’s caucus. With about 200 votes separating Clinton and Barack Obama, that’s huge. We’re talking about the ballots from half the polling places in Rio Arriba County.
I want to make sure this point is emphasized: Roughly half the votes from Rio Arriba County spent the night in the privacy of the home or homes of one or more election officials in boxes those officials may have had the ability to open. All the county party chair had to do last night to report the results was make a phone call. That never happened.
This process has apparently sparked both the Obama and Clinton campaigns to send lawyers in to resolve the debate.
Now I guess the only question is which Clinton endorsee gets to store ballots in their home in Ohio.