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New Mexico state officials weigh the election certificate

SANTA FE, NM (AP) – State regulators were scheduled to vote Tuesday to confirm the results of New Mexico’s midterm elections.

The meeting of a three-member state electoral committee is the culmination of a once-routine process that has become a flashpoint in some places for those expressing distrust of electoral systems.

The election results were confirmed largely without issue in jurisdictions across the country, although Republican officials in one rural Arizona county have so far refused to do so despite no evidence of counting problems.

Commissioners in each of New Mexico’s 33 counties have already confirmed the results of the Nov. 8 election, in which Democrats retained control of every state elected office and flipped one congressional seat.

Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver were both re-elected to four-year terms. You serve on the state advertising committee along with Shannon Bacon, Chief Justice of the state Supreme Court.

In June’s state primary, the Otero County Commission initially refused to confirm the results, citing distrust of vote-counting systems — although the county’s top electoral commission said there were no problems. The commission reversed course 2-1 to certify the elementary school after Toulouse Oliver successfully petitioned the Supreme Court for an order directing the local board to certify the charter.

In other interim results, Democratic challenger Gabe Vasquez won congressional election in New Mexico’s 2nd Circuit and defeated incumbent Representative Yvette Herrell in a Hispanic-majority district along the Mexico border.

Republicans are challenging the new 2nd District outline as part of a redistribution plan by Democratic lawmakers that splits a politically conservative oilfield region into three congressional districts.

Confirming the vote statewide would also initiate automatic recounts for two seats in the House of Representatives. Democrats won at least 44 of 70 seats, excluding the contests, which are subject to recounts.

Incumbent Democratic Rep. Candie Sweetser is vying against Republican Jenifer Marie Jones in a district spanning the “Bootheel” of southwest New Mexico, including the cities of Deming, Lordsburg and Columbus.

In northwest Albuquerque, Republican Robert Henry Moss is battling Democrat Charlotte Little for a seat in the open House of Representatives.

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