Residents of Chaparral Complain of Voting Problems


POSTED: Wednesday, November 7, 2012 - 6:21pm

UPDATED: Thursday, November 8, 2012 - 7:23am

Chaparral, New Mexico- Americans awoke this morning to a changed political landscape. Republicans rule the House, Democrats are the majority in the Senate and Barack Obama is back in the White House.

Many local voters went to sleep last night disheartened because of problems they experienced casting their vote. Long, slow moving lines, no translators available, ineffective equipment and or procedures. Those were some of the complaints in Chaparral, New Mexico when locals turned out to vote on election day.

Ben Rodriguez and Ariel Bickel are part of a nonpartisan group that went to communities to register voters. On election day Bickel and Rodriguez were called to this voting location because they heard there were problems.

Otero County Clerk Robyn Holmes says no complaints were filed. In an email to Newschannel Nine -- she told us the county's poll workers are trained to treat each voter with respect and to respect the voter's privacy. Holmes stated that id's are required for voters who register to vote by mail and have not previously presented an id.  She went on to say that long lines and wait times were experienced all over Otero County, likely due to a high voter turnout and a lengthy ballot. She added that New Mexico law requires all ballots in the state be printed in both spanish and english.

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