On Thursday, the Otero County Commission will meet to request the approval of multiple resolutions.
One resolution will call for Otero County to become a “sanctuary for the unborn.” The proposed resolution reads, in part, “That the Board of County Commissioners of Otero County, New Mexico, hereby recognizes and declares the full humanity of the preborn child through all [stages] of life up and until a natural death and declares Otero County, New Mexico, to be a sanctuary for life where the dignity of every human being will be defended and promoted from life inside the womb through all stages of development in life up and until a natural death.”
It adds, “That the Board of County Commissioners of Otero County, New Mexico, hereby resolves to enforce this resolution by all means within its power and authority, in accordance with its responsibility as the people’s elected local representatives.”
Another resolution proposal by Commissioner Couy Griffin will request that the Legislature “Prohibit the Use of Ballot Drop Boxes,” give more transparency in machine tabulator processes, “Allow Counties the Option to Hand Count Ballots,” and “Provide County Canvassing Boards the Authority to Use Discretion When Certifying Elections.”
Griffin’s proposed resolution reads that “faith in our election process is essential to the functioning of our Republic,” while “doubts about election integrity threaten to tear our nation apart and dissuade participation in our electoral process.”
Every government official should support these measures because they are intended to strengthen the security of our elections and restore the trust of the electorate in the election process,” the Griffin proposal concluded.
Fellow Republican Commissioner Vickie Marquardt proposed a similar version of the election integrity resolution that, in addition to Griffin’s points, requested Voter ID, “efficient” removal of inactive voters on voter rolls, and added absentee ballot chain of custody security measures.
The Marquardt resolution concluded, “[It] is the desire of the Board of County Commissioners of Otero County to improve both the actual security of elections and the perceived security of elections in order to restore and maintain the faith in our election system.”
Piñon Post editor and Republican nominee for New Mexico House District 51 said, “I fully support the County Commission in its efforts to protect the most vulnerable babies in the womb from being brutally killed in abortions. I remain 100% pro-life from conception to natural death.”
Regarding the election integrity measures, Block said, “We should never again allow our elections to be stolen from the people of the United States — especially New Mexicans. I will proudly carry legislation that has been requested by the Otero County Commission to secure elections by removing ballot drop boxes, ending ballot harvesting, limiting unsecured absentee voting, implementing Voter ID, cleaning up our voter rolls, and doing away with these tabulator machines once and for all.”
The Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, July 14, 2022, in the commission chambers to discuss the proposed resolutions.