Sandoval County will pay $215,000 to attorneys representing three Rio Rancho Republicans who filed a federal lawsuit over the number of voting locations and machines assigned to Rio Rancho – a problem, since addressed, that led to long lines of people who stood in line for hours trying to vote in the 2012 general election.
The county settled the lawsuit last week. Terms of the attorney fee settlement were not disclosed in court filings, but county officials confirmed the amount in an interview with the Journal.
Last year, U.S. District Judge William “Chip” Johnson granted an order that County Clerk Eileen Garbagni, a Democrat, and Election Bureau Director Eddie Gutierrez comply with a County Commission resolution establishing 17 voting convenience centers in Rio Rancho and two in Corrales for the 2014 general election.
County Attorney Patrick Trujillo said the number of machines used in Rio Rancho during the 2014 election exceeded the number approved by the commission.