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Two More Face Charges In Sunland Park Election Fiasco

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Another Sunland Park employee was arrested Tuesday while Daniel Salinas was winning the mayoral election, the Las Cruces Sun-News reported.

Priscilla Morales, 26 of El Paso, is accused of using former City Councilor Angelica Marquez’s address to register to vote in the city’s election, the Sun-News said. Marquez, who stepped down Feb. 10 to help her husband run for her seat, is facing related charges.

Morales was arrested at City Hall just before the close of voting Tuesday. She was charged on suspicion of two felony counts relating to voter fraud.

The Sun-News said Marquez was a third-party registration agent for the election, and registered Morales under her own address in Sunland Park. Morales said she did not know why she was being arrested and admitted to living in El Paso.

Morales and Marquez both face counts of false voting and conspiracy to commit false voting, fourth-degree felonies. Both will be held on $50,000 secured bonds, the Sun-News said.

Morales’ arrest is the latest in a string of many that started when mayoral candidate Gerardo Hernandez claimed he was being blackmailed with a video tape of him getting a lap dance. Daniel Salinas, who won the election, was arrested on charges of extortion and tampering with evidence.

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