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Boyd brings election complaint to BOCC

Posted: Friday, Nov 19th, 2010

Using imbalanced metal scales as his prop, Marshall Boyd, challenger for Rio Grande County Assessor, passionately argues that the electoral process is broken.

DEL NORTE — Marshall Boyd, candidate for Rio Grande County Assessor, brought his complaints regarding the midterm election before the Rio Grande County Commissioners this past Wednesday.

“The blindfold is off and we can see that the scales of justice are being manipulated in the voting process.” argued Boyd, referring to several voting machines that malfunctioned on election day. “I’m asking for a recount because the electoral process is a sacred trust. I’m asking for accountability and transparency.”

According to a statement collected by Boyd from County Clerk Sandy Jackson, a woman had accidentally unplugged the power cord to one of the machines, requiring that the machine be rebooted.

During the meeting, Jackson added that the incident should not have affected the final total since each machine has an internal back up system.

Using a set of scales to visually explain his case, Boyd cited accounts of machine malfunction. “In this case, were absentee ballots manipulated? All it takes is one crooked poll worker to do this.”

Boyd also brought an affidavit from Sheila Saudevs Casias, who worked as an Elections Assistant, that reported “at the main Elections Polling Precinct, there were several mechanical problems that occurred while the Rio Grande County Elections Officials were tallying the ballot votes using the scanner machines” and that “due to inconsistencies… the ballots had to be rescanned numerous times, because the numbers kept changing.”

Both Sandy Jackson and Sherryl Steving, Election Clerk, explained that on October 12, each voting machine was given 25 ballots, which were then re-counted by hand. Both Jackson and Steving noted that in the future, they would not being releases figures until more of the ballots had been tallied.

For the complete article see the 11-18-2010 issue.

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