Misplaced ballots not enough to make impact

Posted at: 12/03/2012 6:42 PM
By: Jill Galus, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Saturday looked like Election Day all over again.

It was a scramble to count 125 absentee ballots found unopened in the election warehouse Friday evening. Bureau of Elections Director Bobbi Shearer told KOB Eyewitness News 4 Friday that the uncounted ballots, misplaced with opened envelopes, were not significant enough to impact any of the close races.

Of the 125 ballots, in the race for President, 42 votes went to Barack Obama, 77 went to Mit Romney and five for Gary Johnson.

For U.S. Senate, 41 votes went to Martin Heinrich, 69 for Heather Wilson and three for Jon Barrie.

When it came to the Paseo Del Norte and I-25 improvements, 84 votes were for it, and 37 against it.

Since Friday, when the unopened ballots were found, Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse-Oliver has been out of town, unable to be reached for comment.

Deputy County Clerk Ramon Montoya said he will be meeting with the internal absentee board to try and figure out how 125 ballots were forgotten and never counted in this year's election.