In the referral to Attorney General Hector Balderas, a fellow Democrat, Oliver said members of the Otero County Commission have taken “multiple unlawful actions” this month — including declining to certify the results of the June 7 primary, ordering the removal of ballot-drop boxes and voting to discontinue to the use of vote-tallying machines.
“All county officials take an oath to uphold the constitution and laws of New Mexico,” Oliver said in a news release. “The Commissioners in Otero County have violated the public’s trust and our state laws through their recent actions and must be held accountable.”
The State Supreme Court on Wednesday, acting on an emergency request from Oliver, ordered the Otero County commissioners to certify the primary results by Friday — the statutory deadline for county certification.
Commission Chairwoman Vickie Marquardt has not responded to CNN’s inquiries.
“I’m not planning to move off my position,” he said in a brief telephone interview. “Why have a commission if we just get overridden by the court system?”
Griffin, Marquardt and Commissioner Gerald Matherly cited their distrust of Dominion voting machines in refusing to certify the results at a Monday meeting of the Otero County Commission.
“I have huge concerns with these voting machines,” Marquardt said during that meeting. “I really do. I just don’t think in my heart that they can’t be manipulated.”
On Thursday, Griffin told CNN that he’s “not trying to overturn an election. We want transparency.”
“The more they try to fight us and shut us down,” he said, “the more of a skeptic I will become.”