Judge critical of county for 2012 election delays

Voting Machines

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A federal judge has ordered Sandoval County to provide adequate voting machines for the general election to prevent long delays for voters as happened two years ago.

U.S. District Court Judge William Johnson on Friday directed county elections officials to follow a plan adopted by county commissioners for allocating voting machines.

Some voters in Rio Rancho waited more than five hours to vote in 2012. The judge said the election in the community “was widely recognized as a complete disaster” because there weren’t enough polling places and voting machines.

His order came in a lawsuit by Republican candidates.

The judge was sharply critical of county elections administrators and he issued an injunction to prevent them from deviating from the commission’s plan for allocating voting machines and designating polling sites.

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