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.