The Latest: New Mexico recounts some Libertarian ballots
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on a recount of Libertarian Party votes for governor (all times local):
Libertarian Party candidates for governor and lieutenant governor of New Mexico are being given another chance to qualify as write-in contenders in the fall general election.
Officials overseeing New Mexico election results on Thursday approved a recount of votes by Libertarian Party members in eight counties. Libertarians might lose their major party status without a gubernatorial candidate in fall elections.
Gubernatorial write-in candidate Bob Walsh and lieutenant-governor candidate Robin Dunn are responsible for covering the expense of the partial recount. In the initial vote tabulation, they both fell shy of the 230 votes required to run as write-in candidates.
The candidates contend that valid write-in selections may have been overlooked from voters who failed to fill in an accompanying oval on the ballot.
Candidates’ attorney David Ring praised the decision by the the State Canvassing Board as an efficient remedy.
The Libertarian Party of New Mexico is requesting a recount of primary election ballots in 15 counties after its write-in candidates for governor and lieutenant governor failed to garner enough votes to compete in the November general election.
Libertarian Party campaign consultant A. Blair Dunn on Thursday said he believes many Libertarian voters wrote down candidate names without also filling in an oval to complete the selection. Libertarians could lose their major party status without a gubernatorial candidate.
The Libertarian Party achieved major party status with a strong showing in 2016 by failed presidential candidate Gary Johnson, allowing candidates to qualify for the statewide ballot with just 230 signatures or votes.
On first count, Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Bob Walsh received 175 votes, while the aspirant for lieutenant governor received 177 votes.