Santa Fe officials suggest improvements for next ranked choice election

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The city of Santa Fe is looking ahead to the next election by talking about the amount of time it took to get the results.

The problems were brought up at Wednesday night’s city council meeting.

According to The Santa Fe New Mexican, state law says the presiding judge at the voting center has to shut down the center before delivering the results to city hall.

City Clerk Yolanda Vigil suggests changes in local or state laws, allowing the card to be passed along while the judge continues shutting down the voting center.

She says once the results arrived, it took minutes to upload them.

Additionally, another problem surfaced when nine absentee ballots could not be counted.

Since there is no city or state code to handle such an issue, the city clerk recreated the ballots so they could be counted on the machines.

Vigil said the process was filmed to ensure transparency.

The ordeal delayed counting absentee ballots until after 7 p.m.

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