SANTA FE – A vote recount in eight New Mexico counties will begin next week to determine whether Libertarian candidates for governor and lieutenant governor got enough write-in votes to appear on the Nov. 6 general election ballot.
The state Canvassing Board approved the recount on Thursday, but said it will go forward only if Libertarians have paid the estimated full $10,400 cost for the recount by July 11, when it’s scheduled to begin.
So far, the Libertarian Party has submitted an $8,500 check.
At issue is whether Libertarians Bob Walsh, a Santa Fe mathematician, and Robin Dunn, a Mountainair rancher, received enough write-in votes in the June primary election to qualify for the November ballot as governor and lieutenant governor, respectively.
The Libertarians are seeking the recount in only eight counties because about 80 percent of the votes cast statewide by Libertarians in the primary election were in those counties.
The three-member Canvassing Board said it did not have the authority under state law to order a different kind of recount – involving a tally of digital images of the ballots – in an additional seven counties.