Thousands of Provisional and Absentee Ballots ‘Found’ in New Mexico, Democrat Leads Republican
A Republican congressional candidate from New Mexico is on the verge of being beaten by a Democratic opponent after she says thousands of ballots mysteriously appeared after the election.
“Everybody goes to bed on Tuesday night thinking that I’ve been declared the winner, and then suddenly on Wednesday morning they start hearing that there were 8,000 ballots that came up out of nowhere,” Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-N.M.) said on Fox News Tuesday night.
A Santa Fe New Mexican report said that it took election officials all night last Tuesday to count the 8,000 absentee ballots, up from just over 3,000 during the 2016 presidential campaign – where overall voter turnout was much higher. One county was still counting provisional ballots as of Monday, adding 1,100 Democrat votes to the final tally for Xochitl Torres Small, Herrell’s opponent.
According to Herrell, there were over 100 documented complaints about the election in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District.
Right now, Torres Small has a 3,500 vote advantage while Herrell refuses to concede the race. This report comes amid new scrutiny regarding provisional and absentee ballots around the country.
In Georgia, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams’ campaign was phone-banking and sending emails to help her “find” provisional ballots that may not have been counted. In California, provisional mail-in ballots no longer need a signature verification by law. They are simply run through a voting machine without verification that the voter is eligible.
Big League Politics reported:
James Bradley, a U.S. Senate candidate from California told Big League Politics that the state has passed a law allowing for mail-in and provisional ballots to be machine counted. Previously, the signatures on such ballots had to be individually verified in order for the ballots to be counted. Since the safeguard of signature verification was nullified, Democratic mail-ins and provisionals have vastly increased, according to Bradley.
Many have noticed that mail-in and provisional ballot counting has over-proportionately benefitted Democrats nationwide.