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Outside Auditor to Review Canvass

By Trip Jennings
Journal Capitol Bureau
    The secretary of state will allow the public to monitor the review of next week's general election results.
    Republicans, including Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., on Wednesday worried publicly that Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron would not open up the statewide canvass to the public— a concern her spokesman called unfounded Thursday.
    "She has always intended it to be open," Vigil-Giron's spokesman Ray Baray said of the statewide canvass, which will occur in mid- to late November.
    New Mexico is converting to a new paper ballot voting system at the same time it has one of its hardest-fought and highest-stakes election battles ever, the 1st Congressional District contest between Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., and Democratic Attorney General Patricia Madrid.
    Reflecting the heightening tension this week were sharp remarks between Domenici and Gov. Bill Richardson over the state's conversion to the new paper ballot system.
    Domenici on Wednesday criticized the conversion, which many Republican lawmakers opposed during this year's legislative session.
    "Whoever proposed to the good people of this state this (paper) ballot and got it adopted as some kind of modernization should know by now that

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