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Thursday, March 02, 2006

Every Vote Counts in NM!

Above: Gov. Bill Richardson signs the Count Every Vote Act

Go watch Governor Bill Richardson sign the Count Every Vote Act -- the bill requiring paper ballots in every County of New Mexico. The video is now archived and available, along with video of Governor Richardson's State of the State speech: . Even more important, while you're there be sure to sign the petition to get every state to join New Mexico in passing legislation to make every vote count.

Above: Gov. Richardson passing out the magic signing pens he used to make this Act a reality.

Above: Big thanks to Terry Riley, Rep. Ed Sandoval, Sen. Linda Lopez, Speaker of the House Ben Lujan and Paul Stokes, all of whom worked like crazy to make this happen during the 30-day Legislative Session.

I'll have more to say about this event and more photos soon. It was a momentous day that deserves alot of ink. Right now, however, I'm off to our DFA-DFNM Meetup to celebrate this victory and to keep on keepin' on. Our work is never over, is it? Certainly all Democrats can agree on that.

March 2, 2006 at 05:19 PM in Local Politics | Permalink


No, the work is not over. It's my understanding that the Automark system is *not* open source. Fortunatly it appears the vast majority of voters will use pen and paper instead. Woo-hoo!

Posted by: Fred | Mar 4, 2006 12:20:59 PM

Congratulates to all the folks who worked so hard on this-
They rounded up the milling crowd of interested folks and formed a parade. The Guv saw the parade and decided he needed to lead it.

Posted by: Political Roy | Mar 5, 2006 12:48:55 AM

Fred: All voters in NM will be using paper ballots with this system. They will be counted with an AutoMark optical scanner, which, as you said doesn't use open source software. However, the original election reform bill last year requires automatic random audits of the machines to see if machine tallies and the actual ballots match. If they don't, there will be a recount and the ballots themselves will be used as the official vote.

Posted by: barb | Mar 5, 2006 9:13:56 AM

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