A federal appeals court has dismissed an appeal of a judge’s order that required Sandoval County to use more election polling places and machines in the 2014 election.
The Denver-based 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday said the case is now moot because the 2014 election has already been held.
A U.S. District Court judge had ordered Sandoval County to increase polling places and machines after voting precincts were consolidated into voting centers for the 2012 election.
That resulted in hours-long lines at polling places in Republican-leaning Rio Rancho, an Albuquerque suburb that is the county’s most populous city.
The judge called that a “complete disaster.”
The county had appealed, but the 10th Circuit declined before the 2014 election was held to accelerate its review of the case.