08 November 2004

N.M. Voters Red With Embarrassment Over Delayed Count

Leann Holt - Journal Staff Writer - November 8, 2004

For the Record: This story has been corrected to reflect that the Help America Vote Act was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Bush.

If New Mexico is leaning red, it's not because the state is any closer to declaring a presidential winner. It's because some New Mexicans are embarrassed about how long it's taking to get the votes counted. Again.

"It's embarrassing to know this state has not been able to count all it's votes," said Tom Torres of Edgewood. "It's not like this is a surprise. We saw it last election."

In the 2000 election, it took about a month for the state to determine that Al Gore had defeated President George W. Bush by 366 votes.


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