A state District Court judge has ordered State Police to impound ballots cast throughout Sandoval County for the general election and deliver them to the 13th Judicial District Courthouse in the county.
Republicans David Doyle, Paula Papponi and Dan Foley sued County Clerk Sally Padilla on Thursday requesting the impoundment. Their attorney, Pat Rogers, said the action will ensure the ballots can be kept in a secure place where “interested parties” can inspect them.
“We’re doing this for the voters of Sandoval County to have faith in the integrity of the election,” Papponi said.
Voters were outraged by long lines and hours of waiting at voting centers in Rio Rancho on Election Day. Some Rio Rancho Republicans have claimed it was an attempt at “voter suppression.” Others questioned the competence of the county’s Bureau of Elections.