Building anger in rural New Mexico erupts in election crisis



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I am not a big AP fan but sometimes they do have good articles.  This one resonated with me for various reasons.  Read this carefully and decide if you agree or not.

​1. Point # 1: 

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Behind the raw public frustration and anger over election security that has played out this week in New Mexico was a hint of something deeper — a growing divide between the state’s Democratic power structure and conservative rural residents who feel their way of life is under attack.  STRONGLY AGREE.2.Point  # 2:  

“If we get removed from office, nobody is going to be here fighting for the ranchers, and that’s where our fight should be right now,” said Marquardt, the commission chairwoman in a county where former President Donald Trump won nearly 62% of the vote in 2020. AGREE3.Point # 3 

In the state’s vast, rural stretches, frustration over voting and political representation has been building for years. Residents have felt marginalized and overrun by government decisions that have placed limits on livelihoods — curtailing access to water for livestock, shrinking the amount of forest land available for grazing, or halting timber operations and energy developments due to endangered species concerns. AGREE

4.Point # 4 

Tensions have mounted as Democrats in New Mexico consolidate control over every statewide office and the Supreme Court. Democrats have dominated the Legislature for generations. 

Even as they voted to certify their elections, sometimes reluctantly, commissioners from several New Mexico counties said they were bound by the law to take that step — thanks to legislation passed by Democrats. They urged their residents to take the fight to the statehouse. AGREE

5.Point #5 

Amid alienation, skepticism about the security of elections has taken flight. AGREE

6.Point #6 

On Friday, Otero County Commissioner Couy Griffin was the lone dissenting vote in the election certification, though he acknowledged that he had no evidence of problems or factual basis for questioning the results of the election. His vote came after the county elections clerk said the primary went off without a hitch and that the results were confirmed afterward. 

7. Point #7  Watch Commissioner Jay Block (app 20:00) “drilling” the Sandoval County Clerk peeling down the “onion” as the clerk was left with little credibility in answering Block’s questions.  Well laid out questioning which left the public with questions and uncertainty in the County Clerk’s procedures.  Block left it to the audience to make their decisions. Blaming the SoS for the County not doing due diligence is no excuse. This line of questioning should have taken place at Dona Ana. Watch (30:00) where Block attempts to explain the process and finally his vote NO.  He laid out his case.  None of the other commissioners had this tactic.

  1. The issues with election integrity are crucial but there is more than just this brewing in the state.
  1. We, as an organization, need  to fine tune our strategy (message) and organize our citizens to address the first 5 points.  We need to make change through a broad political grassroots frontal approach that will stimulate the citizens in a true repudiation of the Democratic party. 
  1. We need a strong committed army of citizens who are hungry for change through a democratic process.  We are under political attack.  Our whole way of life is at risk. 
  1. We need to look at how we fight the questions on election integrity to be effective.  Look at the contrast between Point 6 and 7 and how both Counties approached the certification. 
  1. We need to continue the focus starting at the local level and make impact. Like a volcano.    


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