UPDATE: Civil trial set in NM Democratic primary voter fraud suit


New Mexico State Rep. Mary Helen Garcia will receive a civil trial on her claim that voter fraud cost her the June 3 Democratic primary election.  “Garcia, D-Las Cruces, lost to Bealquin Gomez by 16 votes, 410 to 394.”  Gomez is vice chairman of the Doña Ana County Democratic Party.


In a lawsuit challenging the results, Garcia alleges at least 17 instances in which signatures by voters on absentee ballots did not match the signatures on their registration forms. She said her claim was based on conclusions by a forensic handwriting analyst.”


The Doña Ana County clerk said “most of the absentee ballots sent by mail came from Sunland Park,” which has a history of fraudulent voting.