New Mexico Election Audit Reveals Illegal Ballot Drop Box

Otero County, New Mexico authorized and partially completed an audit of the 2020 election in May 2022. The audit ran from mid January until May 2022. The findings of the audit, while surprising, were in line with what auditors have found in multiple states. On May 9, 2022, the Otero County Commissioners held a hearing hosted by New Mexico Audit Force about what the audit found. Among the discrepancies discovered were:

  • Missing election data: 2020 electronic ballot image files, the 2020 election “Project File,” and the “Cast Vote” records were not found in Election Management System. It is important to note Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse-Oliver authorized Dominion Voting Systems to maintenance and upgrade the machines in February, when it is suspected the files were removed. Dominion asked county clerks to back-up data if they did not want to lose them due to the maintenance process. In a Otero County, a back-up file was created for six elections. All elections were present in the EMS, including their project files, but the 2020 election was missing. It is against state and federal laws to remove/erase/destroy election data within a 22 to 25 month timeframe, respective of individual state laws.
  • Evidence of manipulated vote data: A review of reports and communications between New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse-Oliver and two non-election officials reveal a series of discrepancies regarding vote totals. For example, one vote total report sent to Maggie Toulouse-Oliver showed Santa Fe County recorded 70% votes casted by 11 AM on election day, and San Juan County had 60% votes casted by 11 AM on election day, but at 3:30PM Santa Fe had 0 votes recorded, and San Juan’s total vote count decreased by 20%. Another report e-mailed at 3:18PM marked “Just for Maggie” and turned around at 3:30PM and marked “Official Numbers,” shows that 20% of San Juan’s total absentee vote increased in that 12 minute timespan. Santa Fe saw a similar unexplainable and impossible increase in that time span with 10% of its absentee ballots being processed and finalized as part of the official vote count.
  • Possible collusion between Secretary of State and NGOs: Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Secretary of State sent election reports and data to Alex Curtas, communications director who worked with “Rock the Vote” to give them access to NM voter rolls and election data (Rock the Vote also partnered with the Center for Tech and Civic Life, the Mark Zuckerberg funded organization that dispersed over 4 million dollars to counties around the United States of America to “protect” elections. Maggie Toulouse-Oliver also sent reports and data to Catherine Clark, a County Clerk candidate on the 2020 election ballot, and elected official for Santa Fe County Democrat Party (chair of Finance Committee). Catherine, at the time, was also president of Blue Suede Strategies, where she wrote campaign plans and strategies, field plans, and operations).

While these are not the only findings by New Mexico Audit Force of the 2020 elections in New Mexico, they stood out as discrepancies systemically tied to election officials in the state of New Mexico. Another huge discrepancy was found, and one that needs to be addressed by state, officials, legislators and law enforcement.

An analysis of Dona Anna County chain of custody documents for absentee ballots by Erin Clements of New Mexico Audit Force tracked the claim of absentee ballots received, what was transferred to absentee board, and the final number. Not only was there was an 8169 ballot discrepancy in the final count verse what came into office, there was no chain of custody documentation. This means the County Clerk’s office is recording more absentee ballots on their transfer board than they are receiving. It begs the question, is someone INSIDE the office facilitating the transfer of thousands of ballots outside the proper chain of custody to the absentee board?

The cumulative number of ballots received through normal chain of custody vs. the number of ballots getting transferred to the absentee board for processing.
The daily record of the number of absentee ballots received by the Clerk’s Office vs. the number of ballots transferred to the absentee board.

Perhaps the most egregious discovery about the way Dona Ana County Clerk Amanda Askin runs elections came when a friend of Erin Clements visited the County Warehouse where a huge drop box was found outside in the back of the warehouse. This appeared to be an unofficial drop box because it was filled to the top with absentee ballots and is not listed on the official absentee drop box map. The unofficial drop box was labeled “Drop Off Box for Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office.” It is estimated between 3,000 and 5,000 absentee ballots were contained inside the drop box.

Unofficial drop box discovered outside Dona Ana County warehouse labeled, “Drop Off Box for Dona Ana County Clerk’s Office.”

This unofficial drop box was not secured and there was no surveillance to monitor activity. Fact checkers will say, just as the Otero County Clerk claimed during the Commissioner’s hearing on the audit findings, that the bin was simply a storage space for all these ballots, but there was no chain of custody for over 8000 ballots, nor is it lawful to store ballots in an unsecure location with no surveillance protection.

On April 29, 2022, Erin Clements sent a public records request to the Dona Ana County Clerks office asking for surveillance footage of this unofficial drop box, and the response is alarming. The County Clerk’s office acknowledged in their response that this drop box “was not a secured container as defined by NMSA §1-6-9(!).” The photographic evidence, coupled with the admittance of the unlawful existence of this drop box in Dona Ana County, New Mexico is outrageous!

Dona Ana County Clerks Office’ response to Erin Clements public records request about the unofficial drop box discovered at the county warehouse.

The data and information revealed in election audits and investigations across these United States from the audit in Antrim County, Michigan, to the investigative work of VoterGa in Georgia, to the gold-standard full forensic audit of Maricopa County, Arizona, to the audit of the machines and analysis of election data performed in Mesa County, Colorado, to the investigation in the state of Wisconsin by Special Council Michael Gableman, and the dozens of 2020 election canvases across the country, in addition to the ballot trafficking schemes exposed by True the Vote in the documentary 2000 Mules leaves no doubt that elections in America are not secure, inaccurate, and most likely rigged.

State legislators and law enforcement can NOT ignore the pleas or the will of the people to rectify this crime! The legacy media, politicians, and officials must be held accountable as complicit if they continue to ignore the evidence that the people are constantly, continuously, and diligently bringing to their attention.

Published by Michael Aaron Casares

Poet, author, and podcast host. Michael Aaron is the host of the America First news and current events show The C Report . His published books include: The Vanishing Poet (2020), The Distance to the End (2016), A Trick of the Eyes (2017), and This Reality of Man (2011). The Root of Many Returns is his official website. Virgogray Press is a perennial publishing house.

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