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New Mexico Vote in Dispute

Friday, 10 November 2000 12:00 AM

A source close to the secretary of state's office, which is responsible for making the election official, says the certified vote may put Bush ahead of Gore by 24 votes.

CNN reported late Friday that Republican officials in two New Mexico counties requested that ballots be impounded to ensure a fair count.

In Dona Ana and Valencia counties, GOP state representatives filed an emergency request with county judges Friday evening to impound the votes in those counties to preserve the integrity of the votes, citing possible problems with the vote counting. In Valencia County, for example, the county clerk, who oversees the ballot counting, was running against the state representative for his seat, a state GOP official said, according to CNN.

Also, 252 ballots are missing from the Voter Warehouse in Bernalillo County, which includes Albuquerque, indicating that the outcome of the New Mexico presidential vote is far from decided.

This twist has Republicans and Democrats in New Mexico fuming.

The 252 missing ballots are not only a big issue in a close presidential race, they are also pivotal in two major county races that could shift the balance of power in state politics from Democrat to Republican.

The sitting speaker of the House, Raymond Sanchez, is facing defeat by his Republican challenger John Sanchez by only eight votes. Incumbent state Sen. Ramsey Gorham hangs on to her seat by fewer than 100 votes in a tough fight with Democrat Janice Paster.

As the recount in Florida continues under challenges from Democrats looking to reverse George W. Bush's slim lead there, New Mexico's five electoral votes loom larger by the hour. Should Gore manage to win Florida through the 3,000 yet-to-be-counted absentee overseas votes, and should Republican challenges in Wisconsin and Iowa, and a possible Bush victory in Oregon, give those states to the GOP, the electoral vote could, mathematically, be a tie for Bush and Gore. And the tie-breaker would be New Mexico.

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