Sandoval Co. Commissioners blame clerk for election day delay

Posted at: 11/16/2012 6:35 PM
By: Chris Ramirez, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Sandoval County Commissioners and County Clerk are deflecting blame away from themselves for the election night fiasco in Rio Rancho and casting the blame on the State of New Mexico and the Secretary of State’s Office.

During a Sandoval County Commission meeting Thursday night, a county commissioner and the County Clerk cited an email from the Secretary of State to all County Clerks.

The email shows the Secretary of State asked for $1.4 million in emergency funding from the State’s Board of Finance, but the request was denied.

Sandoval County leaders argue the State did not give them enough resources which created these massive lines.

"And I have here the letter that was sent to us by the Secretary of State where they didn't have any more money for any more voting machines," Sandoval County Clerk Sally Padilla told KOB Eyewtiness News 4.

But both the governor’s office and the Secretary of State fired back stated they gave Sandoval County everything the County Clerk asked for.

Documents show the State Board of Finance denied the emergency following, but advised the Secretary of State to spend the money to adequately fund the counties, and ask for the supplemental funding to cover the overture during the 2013 New Mexico Legislative Session.

"My job as Secretary of State is to provide them best as I can the resources and the systems that they have requested from us,” Secretary of State Dianna Duran said. “And that is exactly what we did."

Secretary Duran contends that her office gave all of the counties across New Mexico what they requested.

A spokesman with Governor Susana Martinez’s argues if it truly was the state’s fault, more counties would have experienced similar problems that we saw in Sandoval County.