King Investigates Voting Problems

Nov 13, 2012

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King's office is investigating why Rio Rancho voters had to wait in line for hours to cast ballots after polls closed in last week's election.  King said in a statement he was concerned about possible voter suppression. There have been reports some people in line may not have voted after learning the outcome of the presidential race.

Sandoval County operated five voting locations for Rio Rancho, a community of 87,000. County officials say they sought more voting equipment for polling sites but the secretary of state's office says it didn't receive such a request.

A King spokesman said the office also is looking into complaints of possible long lines and a lack of translators for Spanish-speaking voters in Chaparral. Ballots are printed in Spanish and English.

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