Griffioen, a founder for Cowboys for Trump
, was found guilty in a March bench trial of trespassing on US Capitol grounds on January
6, 2021, while then-Vice President Mike Pence was there
. He is scheduled to be sentenced Friday in Washington
Op Donderdag, Griffin told CNN that he’s “not trying to overturn an election. We want transparency.”
“The more they try to fight us and shut us down,” hy het gesê, “the more of a skeptic I will become.”
Otero County is one of the first known communities to balk at certifying election results. The dispute in this Republican stronghold of roughly 68,000 people has sparked fears among voting rights experts that conspiracy theories about voting machines and other aspects of election administration have taken deep root in some pockets of the country and could lead to further disruptions this fall.
The commissioners cited their concerns about Dominion voting machines in refusing to certify the results at a Monday meeting.
“I have huge concerns with these voting machines,” Marquardt said at the time. “I really do. I just don’t think in my heart that they can’t be manipulated.”
Op Donderdag, Oliver asked the state’s attorney general to investigate the commission over several recent actions.
In the referral to Attorney General Hector Balderas, a fellow Democrat, Oliver said members of the Otero County Commission have taken “multiple unlawful actions” hierdie maand — including declining to certify the results of the June 7 primêre, ordering the removal of ballot-drop boxes and voting to discontinue to the use of vote-tallying machines.
“All county officials take an oath to uphold the constitution and laws of New Mexico,” Oliver said in a news release. “The Commissioners in Otero County have violated the public’s trust and our state laws through their recent actions and must be held accountable.”
Griffin has been an outspoken backer of former President Donald Trump
, and he and the other Otero commissioners earlier this year authorized a third-party review of the county’s
2020 verkiesingsuitslae. It included an
” of volunteers going door to door to question voters
. Trump won the county by meer as 25 punte
An oversight committee in the US House of Representatives has asked the Justice Department to investigate the door-to-door canvassing in Otero County
, citing the potential for voter intimidation
In a statement this week, a Dominion spokesperson called the controversy in Otero “yet another example of how lies about Dominion have damaged our company and diminished the public’s faith in elections.”
This story and headline have been updated.