The confrontation served as a vivid illustration of the uncertainties regarding which election experts all across the United States have warned about.
After a vote by local commissioners to validate their election results, the political standoff between a county in New Mexico that leans Republican and Democratic state officials over the security of voting machines was defused. Before this vote, the two sides had been locked in a political stalemate over the safety of voting machines.
The Otero County panel reconsidered its earlier decision not to certify the results of the primary election held on June 7 due to issues with the voting systems that have not been found.
The two commissioners who voted in support of the measure stated that they had no choice but to vote in favor of it because they were threatened with prosecution by the state attorney general and had no other option.
Since Commissioner County Griffin’s vote was the only one against the motion, he acknowledged that the outcome of the election could not be challenged. He phoned into the meeting even though he was in Washington, D.C., where he had just been sentenced for breaking into the restricted U.S. Capitol grounds during the incident on January 6, 2021.