Judge OKs inspection of ballots after 2nd Congressional District race is certified

The Associated Press
November 16, 2018 06:29 PM

LAS CRUCES, N.M.- The New Mexico secretary of state's office says it expects Democrat Xochitl Torres Small to take her U.S. House seat despite a push from her Republican opponent to inspect certain ballots.


New Mexico Secretary of State spokesman Alex Curtas said Friday the office is scheduled to certify results by Nov. 27 that will show, according to unofficial results, Torres Small defeating Republican Yvette Herrell.

State District Judge Manuel Arrieta ruled Friday the New Mexico secretary of state's office can tally results amid Herrell's request to impound absentee ballots in Dona Ana County.

Arrieta says meanwhile Herrell's lawyers and the New Mexico secretary of state's office can come up with agreement on how those ballots can be inspected by Nov. 27.

Curtas says Torres Small is in Washington, D.C., and attending freshman orientation.


The Associated Press

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