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After threats of jail time, removal, Otero County certifies primary election results

On Friday, the Otero County Commission met in the capacity of the county’s Canvass Board to certify the results of the 2022 Primary Election. The emergency meeting announced Thursday afternoon happened after Democrat New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver took the commissioners to the state Supreme Court to compel them to certify, which it did.

Toulouse Oliver also sent a criminal referral to New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, who would pursue legal action against the commissioners resulting in felony charges and potential removal from office.

During the meeting, Commissioner Vickie Marquardt, the chairwoman of the Commission, said the state was forcing the commissioners to be “rubber-stamping this” certification or else she and the others would be jailed.

“I will be of no use if I am in jail,” said Marquardt, stating how the state law gives County Commissions no power to object to election results even if there are issues found.

“I just want the election to be a trustworthy election,” Marquardt said.

Marquardt urged citizens to “reach out to the Legislature” to get the law changed.

Commissioner Gerald Matherly, who preciously had concerns regarding people voting from specific addresses, noted how Otero County Clerk Robyn Holmes helped him work through his concerns. He noted how since there were “no proven black and white facts” to prove fraud, there was no real recourse against the state.

Holmes insisted the County Clerk’s Office “crossed every I and dotted every t.”

Commissioner Couy Griffin, the only dissenting vote to the canvass who attended via telephone since he was in Washington, D.C., said, “All we wanted to do was to look inside the machines,” adding, “we wanted to hand-count the ballots.”

Griffin was in court today to be sentenced for his participation in the rally at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, where Griffin led a crowd in prayer. He was convicted of trespassing, which resulted in 14 days in jail (time served), a $3,000 fine, 60 hours of community service, and a year of supervised release, according to CBS News.

“We really need to wake up to the overreach of the state government,” Griffin added. “If this is as far as our audit goes … it’s enough to prove how scared they are at the top.”

Marquardt reaffirmed that she could do “a lot more good in our seat[s]” fighting for the ranchers of the county and other issues than if Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham would be allowed to replace the commissioners with her hand-picked replacements.

“We honestly don’t have a choice,” Marquardt said.

The final vote was 2-1, with Marquardt and Matherly voting to approve the canvass of the election while Griffin voted against certification. Watch the recording of the meeting here:

Following the certification meeting, Toulouse Oliver released the following statement:

“I am relieved that the Otero County Commission finally did the right thing and followed their duty under New Mexico law to certify the free and fair results of the 2022 Primary Election. The voters of Otero County and the candidates who duly won their primaries can now rest assured that their voices have been heard and the General Election can proceed as planned.”

SOS Toulouse Oliver raising campaign cash off of lawsuit against Otero County

On Wednesday, following a lawsuit filed in the New Mexico Supreme Court to force Otero County to certify the 2022 Primary Election despite concerns, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver appeared on multiple left-wing cable news channels to attempt to make an example out of the County.

She even threatened the possibility of a criminal referral to the state Attorney General demanding prosecution and removal of the three Republican county commissioners who did not certify the election. The Court ruled the same day that the County Commission must certify the election.

On Thursday, however, Toulouse Oliver showed a likely hidden agenda in the media stunt. She sent out an email to her campaign supporters asking for money following her lawsuit against Otero County.

She wrote in the email, “This week, all three Otero County Commissioners refused to certify the results of our Primary Election because they don’t ‘feel in their heart’ that the results are correct.

“If these votes aren’t certified, all votes in the county would be thrown out. They would disenfranchise every single voter in Otero – a county that went 62% to Trump – because they don’t feel the voting machines are accurate.”

She then added, “Not on my watch…. I’m suing the Otero County Commissioners to demand they follow the law and certify the election.”

Toulouse Oliver then asked for money from supporters since she claims she’s “fight[ing] against the conspiracy theories and lawlessness trying to dismantle our democracy.”

“I like to think that the county commissioners who have sworn an oath to the Constitution will do the right thing. But I’m concerned that this idea could set a precedent and spread not only in NM, but across the country,” she added.

However, in state statute, the commissioners are not mandated to certify the results if they find a discrepancy. The Otero County Commission is meeting on Friday at 4:00 p.m. to discuss the canvassing of the election.

SOS Toulouse Oliver wants to remove Otero Commissioners, throw them in jail

On Wednesday, far-left Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver appeared on at least two programs on CNN and MSNBC to discuss her legal actions taken against the Otero County Commission, which refused to certify the June 7, 2022, Primary Election.

While speaking with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Toulouse Oliver disclosed that she will be making a referral to the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office recommending the removal and prosecution of the three members who unanimously voted against certification.

Toulouse Oliver said, “We’re going to be making that referral shortly, and quite frankly, criminal prosecution is on the list, as well as removal from office for these commissioners who are violating the law.” 

Although the three commissioners did not list a specific instance of potential fraud, they did claim that they had concerns regarding voters being incorrectly registered and potential issues with Dominion tabulator machines.

On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court ordered them to certify the election results by Friday. It is unlikely that will happen since the Commission’s chairwoman, Vickie Marquardt, said she would be in Santa Fe at a meeting, while Commissioner Gerald Matherly would be out of town, and Commissioner Couy Griffin has already left the state for Washington, D.C. to attend sentencing hearings of fellow January 6 defendants.

State Supreme Court orders Otero County must certify primary election

On Wednesday, the New Mexico Supreme Court ordered a writ of mandamus against the Otero County Commission, forcing the Commission’s hand to certify the Jun 7, 2022, primary election results.

The Santa Fe New Mexican’s Daniel Chacón wrote on Twitter, “The state Supreme Court today issued a writ of mandamus against the Otero County Commission for certification of 2022 primary election returns.”

The Court ordered that the commission must “meet to approve the report of the canvass of the returns and declare the results.” The writ is below:

This came after the three-member board refused to certify the election, citing unspecified concerns regarding the use of Dominion tabulator machines. This prompted Democrat Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to file a lawsuit in the high court.

She wrote in the lawsuit that refusal to certify “jeopardizes the general election ballot for all candidates.” 

A press release from Toulouse Oliver’s office announcing the lawsuit noted in addition to the lawsuit to compel the Otero County Commission’s compliance with the state elections code “[b]ecause of these violations of their oaths, the Secretary of State’s Office is also preparing a criminal referral to the New Mexico Attorney General related to these willful violations of the Election Code by county officers and their willful failure or refusal to perform their duties under the Election Code.”

If the county commissioners buck the high court’s order, it could begin a criminal referral to Attorney General Hector Balderas’ office.

Following the decision, election integrity expert David Clements wrote, “The decision amounts to a fundamental lack of due process. The Supreme Court did not address the Dominion Voting Systems’ noncompliance with the election code, and are doing nothing more than providing a rubber stamp on forced use of a machine designed to facilitate fraud. An order to certify an illegal election is no order at all.”

SOS Toulouse Oliver sues Otero County, threatens criminal referral to AG

On Monday, Otero County’s three-member commission refused to certify the canvass of last Tuesday’s primary election. The Commission cited no specific abnormalities but generally listed fraud related to Dominion machines as one of its reasons. The Commission also did not request to bring in members of the county canvass board to address specific concerns.

After the unsuccessful canvass, state Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo), an attorney who lists himself as “Executive Director for New Mexico’s County Clerks” sent a threatening email to county commissioners across the state demanding they certify the election. Friday, June 17, is the deadline to certify the results of the canvass, per state statute, which cites ten days following the election.

He wrote:

“If Friday comes and goes and a County Canvassing Board hasn’t acted to approve the County Canvass Report, then has  County Canvassing Board is subject to a mandamus action. The standard for the mandamus action is if the Bard l as a clear and unambiguous duty, which I read in the election Code that they do. If, after a District Judge orders the Board to approve the County Canvass Report, then the Board would be in contempt of Court and the Judge would decide what to do with them (fines, loss of freedom, removal from office, etc…). We hope we don’t get to that point.” 

According to election integrity expert David Clements, New Mexico’s Dominion machine software is out of compliance with state statute, therefore triggering his call for county commissions not to approve the June 7, 2022, Primary Election results. Ivey-Soto refutes that in his email to commissioners, claiming they are certified.

Clements wrote regarding Ivey-Soto on Facebook, “According to an Ethics Complaint, Dominion’s favorite NM legislator, Senator Daniel Ivey-Soto, is the Executive Director of Vandelay Solutions, which provides ‘professional services’ in the administration of elections. His company entered into two contracts with Dona Ana County, for ‘Consulting Services’ and ‘Technical Assistance’ between September 2019 and June 2021 for  $37,500 and $45,000.  How is this not a conflict of interest?” Clements has branded Ivey-Soto as “Dominion’s favorite legislator” and noted his connections are a “conflict of interest.”

Then on Tuesday, Democrat Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver filed a lawsuit in the state Supreme Court against Otero County “seeking to compel the Otero County Commission to certify the 2022 Primary Election results.”

Toulouse Oliver claims, “New Mexico’s 2022 Primary Election was conducted with the highest standards of election administration by dedicated county clerks and civil servants across our state.” She added, “The post-election canvassing process is a key component of how we maintain our high levels of election integrity in New Mexico and the Otero County Commission is flaunting that process by appeasing unfounded conspiracy theories and potentially nullifying the votes of every Otero County voter who participated in the Primary.” 

A press release from Toulouse Oliver’s office noted in addition to the lawsuit to compel the Otero County Commission’s compliance with the state elections code “[b]ecause of these violations of their oaths, the Secretary of State’s Office is also preparing a criminal referral to the New Mexico Attorney General related to these willful violations of the Election Code by county officers and their willful failure or refusal to perform their duties under the Election Code.” As of the date of the lawsuit, 12 of New Mexico’s 33 counties had successfully canvassed their election results.

Following this news, Clements said in a recorded video that Toulouse Oliver’s lawsuit is saying, “the commissioners only have one power, and that’s to approve the results, no matter what their concerns are. It’s a gross misreading of the statutory authority of the Otero County Commission.” 

“The Secretary of State is effectively going to the Supreme Court demanding a writ of mandamus — basically saying, ‘Court, order them to certify the election even though the election is being held on uncertifiable, illegal voting systems,’ — which raises the question, why aren’t the county attorneys filing an emergency writ of mandamus with the Supreme Court demanding that the Secretary of State decertify use of the machines, consistent with the statute?”

Clements is urging citizens to look up their county commissioners and ask them not to certify the June 7, 2022, Primary Election. 

The actions by certain county commissions could delay the certification of primary election winners, while the Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver even claims in its lawsuit that refusal to certify “jeopardizes the general election ballot for all candidates.” 

It is immediately unclear what the Otero County Commission will do in response to the lawsuit, but it would have until Friday to comply with the Secretary of State’s demands, or else the state Supreme Court is likely to take action.

MLG applauds GOP senators selling out Americans’ gun rights

Over the weekend, it was reported that ten Republican U.S. Senators are joining with far-left Democrats to pass an extreme anti-gun bill that includes “red flag” legislation to rip away Americans’ due process rights and corrode the Second Amendment.

The Democrat senator leading the talks is Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut, and the leader of Republican negotiations is Sen. John Cornyn of Texas.

Scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham of New Mexico, a far-left Democrat, could barely contain her excitement with the potential of new anti-gun legislation being passed federally.

She wrote on Twitter, “Today, there is hope for bipartisan action on gun safety. While we have taken significant steps to reduce gun violence, NM will benefit from @ChrisMurphyCT and @JohnCornyn’s commonsense policies.”

The Governor continued, “I call on the Senate to quickly take up this proposal — the time to act is now.”

Lujan Grisham also thanked New Mexico’s radical Democrat Sen. Martin Heinrich, writing, “I’m grateful to the Senators including our own @TeamHeinrich. Together they found a bipartisan solution to address #GunViolence. This is a step in the right direction.”

The Democrats in the New Mexico Legislature, in tandem with Lujan Grisham, rammed through extreme anti-gun legislation in the form of a “red flag” law, among other measures such as funding $300,000 annually for an “Office of Gun Violence Prevention” to take away New Mexicans’ Second Amendment rights.

Despite Lujan Grisham’s rhetoric, her administration has overseen some of the highest crime in New Mexico, with her agenda being chiefly responsible for continued unrest in the streets. In Albuquerque, crime hit an all-time high, while homicides broke historic records. 

These results came while Lujan Grisham worked with far-left Democrats in the Legislature to strip away qualified immunity rights of peace officers, institute “social justice” reforms to the criminal system, and let dangerous criminals back on the streets to ravage New Mexico streets. She also applauded Antifa/Black Lives Matter protesters who defied her lockdown orders to hold violent protests in the streets of Albuquerque.

However, Lujan Grisham and her fellow Democrats in New Mexico continue to bang the gong demanding an erosion of Americans’ constitutional right to keep and bear arms.

Lujan Grisham dances around at ‘pride’ parade before meeting Biden

On Saturday, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham had a busy day placating her far-left base at the Albuquerque “pride” parade. She appeared at the parade wearing a pink tutu, joined by far-left U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury of the First Congressional District, Democrat congressional candidate Gabe Vasquez, and others.

On Twitter, she posted photos from the parade. She wrote, “It’s a great weekend for a #Pride parade.” 

Lujan Grisham’s campaign staffer Kendall Witmer wrote that the Governor was “celebrating diversity and inclusivity with ABQ’s LGBTQIA+ community.”

She can be seen in footage dancing and high-fiving attendees: 

Then at 1:30 p.m., Lujan Grisham and the far-left Democrat New Mexico delegation met with Joe Biden to speak about the wildfires in New Mexico.

Attendees included Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, U.S. Reps. Melanie Stansbury and Teresa Leger Fernandez, U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján, Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, and others. The Santa Fe New Mexican’s Daniel Chacón reported that Republican U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell of the Second District also was in attendance.

Protesters were spotted with “F**k Biden” and “Trump Won” flags greeting Joe Biden.

MLG’s Enviro Dept. awards far-left Dem lawmaker for pushing her agenda

Although New Mexico’s state agencies are supposedly meant to be nonpartisan, since they are taxpayer-funded, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s administration is flagrantly changing that. 

Other than her revolving door of cabinet members flooding in and out of her controversy-driven administration, Lujan Grisham’s Environment Department is now giving awards to far-left Democrats.

On Thursday, first-term state Sen. Diah Correa Hemphill, a far-left abortion up-to-birth Democrat, was given the “Champion of Protecting Public Health and Environment Award” from the Department. 

Hemphill wrote on Twitter, “I was honored to receive the New Mexico Environment Department’s 2022 Champion in Protecting Public Health and Environment award for supporting the Governor’s initiatives to protect and restore the environment and foster a healthy and prosperous New Mexico for present and future generations.” She thanked James Kenney, the Environment Department’s secretary.

Kenney wrote in reply, “Congratulations and well deserved Senator! Thank you for all you do to support the mission of the @NMEnvDep!”

The extreme left-wing senator supported all the farthest left proposals in the legislature, including one that would result in an at least 50 cent-per-gallon increase in gas prices.

The Environment Department’s official account retweeted Hemphill, replying with a “First Place” emoji and clapping emojis. 

One commenter on Twitter noted, “Well I gotta hand it to Siah. At least she admits that she got the legislative equivalent of a participation trophy. I didn’t alter one word, just erased the sugar.” 

Otero County asks to nix tabulators, drop boxes amid audit findings

On Thursday, the Otero County Commission held a full day-long meeting to consider and act upon agenda items to secure elections in the County. The items, which all passed unanimously, will: 

Request approval to hand counting all ballots cast inside the Dominion Voting System to verify vote count of machine after the June 7th primary.

Request approval to discontinue the use of Dominion Voting Machines before the 2022 General Election.

Request approval to remove all election ballot drop boxes from the public square in an attempt to secure our election in 2022.

Throughout the meeting, which featured New Mexico Audit Force leaders Professor David Clements and Erin Clements, a handful of leftist attendees constantly interrupted and interjected throughout the consideration of new facts presented.

Some of the new findings included stray marks on ballots counted as votes, possible fraud/digital manipulation, ghost votes (people who voted but do not live at registered addresses), and potentially other issues with Dominion tabulator machines. 

County Clerk Robyn Holmes had to be brought into the meeting, in which she once again defended the alleged security of Otero County’s elections. When presented with evidence of dead people voting in elections, as well as people registered at empty lots, Holmes insisted, “We can’t go out to all of our 37,000 registered voters and go door-to-door.” 

Regarding alleged fraudulent activity found by the Clements, Homes said, “If they’re doing this and they’re finding this information, I’m saying, ‘show me!’” 

Erin Clements already has provided around 200 addresses and voters that have issues. More are being processed and delivered to Holmes and her staff. There are also open Inspection of Public Records Act requests by Commissioner Couy Griffin that have so far gone unanswered by the County Clerk’s Office, according to Griffin.

Another topic of discussion involved Dominion tabulator machines having access to the internet and having the ability to print on ballots. David Clements said to Holmes, “If we’re wrong about remote access of these machines, let us look at the machines.”

Commissioner Vickie Marquardt even said she might vote against the canvass of the June 7th primary election that just occurred over questions involving the Dominion machines. 

Time will tell if the machines, ballot drop boxes, and hand counts will occur. Watch the commission meeting here:

MLG’s team claims she’s a ‘woman of color,’ brands opponents as ‘far-right extremists’

On Wednesday, scandal-ridden alleged serial groper Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s campaign sent out a frantic-sounding email claiming MAGA (Make America Great Again) Republicans are coming for her while they spread “climate denialism.”

The email claimed, “We can’t let the GOP replace the country’s only woman of color to serve as Governor with a GOP radical who would take our state back.” It is unclear what her team defines as a “woman of color,” but it appears to be race-baiting.

It further went on to claim that Mark Ronchetti, the newly chosen GOP nominee for governor, is a “far-right extremist,” despite his stances being moderate, especially regarding “climate change,” which he has said he has been “on board” with “for over 20 years.” 

Her team then went on to ask for campaign cash, writing, “Every MAGA supporter is about to flood Ronchetti’s campaign with donations, so we have to ask: Will you please contribute $5 before midnight to help us reach our emergency $15,000 goal and keep New Mexico blue?” 

Lujan Grisham has a record of misuse of campaign funds, misuse of taxpayer funds, paying off a former staffer $150,000 over an alleged crotch grab, an attack on the state’s oil and gas industry, the killing of 40% of small businesses during her pandemic lockdown, a revolving door cabinet, among countless other scandals.

Lujan Grisham faces Republican Mark Ronchetti and Libertarian Karen Bedonie* in the General Election on November 8. 

*There is a write-in candidate Ginger Grider, who is running against Bedonie. According to news reports by KAHL, it will take a few days for write-in ballots to be counted. 

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