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The 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said a case of suspected fraud in a local election was closed after discovering ballots in the election had already been destroyed.
Otero County Clerk Robyn Holmes on Aug. 12 alerted the District Attorney’s Office when it was suspected an absentee ballot had been cast in the April 2019 Special Election for the Alamogordo Public Schools 2 mill levy by a man who died on March 4, 2019 in Oregon.
The issue was discovered when the man’s ex-wife visited the Otero County Clerk’s Office. She also denied voting by absentee ballot in that election, and said an absentee ballot cast in the name of her current husband was questionable.
The woman’s name, and that of her late ex-husband, were not released to the media.
“Voting records indicated that the woman had voted in 16 elections since 2000 (including the April 2019 Special Election) and that the only vote that was made by absentee ballot was for the April 2019 Special Election,” a news release from the 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office states.
“The other 15 times the woman voted, she voted in-person.”
Otero County Clerk Robyn Holmes on Election Night Nov. 5, 2019. (Photo: Nicole Maxwell/Alamogordo Daily News)
The 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office investigated the issue and found that since the special election was not a federal election, the Otero County Clerk’s Office did not have to preserve ballots from that election and the ballots had already been destroyed.
Federal election ballots are kept for 22 months, Holmes said.
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The 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office said the destroyed ballots meant there was no way to identify who submitted those ballots, and closed the case unless new information is discovered.
Anyone with evidence of voter fraud or has information related to this case should contact 12th Judicial District Attorney’s Office Investigator Kyle Graham at (575) 437-3640.
Nicole Maxwell can be contacted by email at [email protected], by phone at 575-415-6605 or on Twitter at @nicmaxreporter.
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