Judge: Sunland Park's Election Will Happen
POSTED: Friday, March 2, 2012 - 11:14pm
UPDATED: Monday, March 5, 2012 - 1:58pm
Las Cruces, N.M. — Reaction is pouring into over the decision to go ahead and hold Tuesday's election in Sunland Park.
The state wanted to postpone the election, but a Doña Ana County Judge denied that request.
The election will go on despite what District Attorney Amy Orlando calls solid evidence of corruption.
"After all of the arguments were heard, Judge Reidal denied the state’s motion for an injunction stating that the irreparable damage, the burden that the state has to prove being irreparable damage was not met,” said Orlando.
Even Sunland Park's Mayor Martin Resendiz wanted the election suspended. The state's investigation shows 13 people are registered to vote using the home address of Sunland Park employee Dario Hernandez. Hernadez is wanted on conspiracy charges connected to a sex tape showing mayoral candidate Gerardo Hernendez.
"There is additional people that have registered to vote in Sunland Park, and live in El Paso, Texas. They have not voted yet, but it will be a, I guess after the fact going in and reviewing those to determine if they did indeed vote,” said Orlando.
Orlando says as many as 20 people will be charged with voter fraud, and face a year and a half behind bars.
Daniel Salinas will remain on the ballot for mayor, but if he wins the election, conspiracy charges prohibit him from entering City Hall or communicating with city employees.
Orlando says people have lost their lives' fighting to protect our freedom to vote.
"They fought for our right to vote in a fair, an honest and with integrity so that everybody that is an elected official, is elected with honor, and they know that they were elected legally,” said Orlando.
The District Attorney's Office says it will join law enforcement to monitor Tuesday's election to watch for any illegal activity.