2019 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 1 - Elections
Article 12 - Conduct of Elections
Section 1-12-43 - Emergency situations.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 1-12-43 (2019)

A. If any electronic vote tabulator becomes disabled while being used to the extent that any voter is unable to cast a vote for all the candidates or questions of the voter's choice and have such vote recorded by the electronic vote tabulator, it shall be repaired, if possible, or another electronic vote tabulator shall be promptly substituted.

B. If a disabled electronic vote tabulator cannot be repaired in a reasonable length of time and if there are no other electronic vote tabulators available for substitution, the presiding judge shall order marked ballots to be collected and securely preserved until they may be tabulated pursuant to rules promulgated by the secretary of state.

C. A voter shall not be denied the opportunity to mark a ballot for later tabulation due to the lack of a functioning electronic vote tabulator.

D. The county clerk shall provide additional ballots if needed and when requested by the precinct board [election board].

History: 1953 Comp., § 3-12-77, enacted by Laws 1977, ch. 222, § 46; 2009, ch. 150, § 19; 2011, ch. 137, § 98.


Bracketed material. — The bracketed material was inserted by the compiler and is not part of the law.

Laws 2019, ch. 212, § 283, effective April 3, 2019, provided that references in the Election Code to "precinct board", shall be deemed to be references to "election board", as that term is defined in Section 1-1-13 NMSA 1978.

Cross references. — For care and custody of voting machines, see 1-9-12 NMSA 1978.

The 2011 amendment, effective July 1, 2011, eliminated the requirement that counties appropriate funds for maintaining electronic vote tabulators.

The 2009 amendment, effective June 19, 2009, in Subsection A, after "If any", deleted "voting machine" and added "electronic vote tabulator", after "recorded by the", deleted "machine" and added "electronic vote tabulator"; and after "or another", deleted "machine" and added "electronic vote tabulator"; in Subsection B, after "substituting", deleted "voting machines" and added "electronic vote tabulators"; in Subsection C, after "If a disabled", deleted "voting machines" and added "electronic vote tabulators"; after "there are no other", deleted "voting machines" and added "electronic vote tabulator"; after "judge shall order", deleted "emergency paper" and added "marked" and after "ballots to be", deleted "substituted and used" and added the remainder of the sentence; added Subsection D; and in Subsection E, after "provide additional", deleted "emergency paper".

Booth necessary for paper ballots. — At least one voting booth should be supplied to take care of the voting that may be necessary for voting by paper ballots at voting machine polling places. 1954 Op. Att'y Gen. No. 54-5920 (opinion rendered under former law).

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