New Mexico State Auditor finds problems with Otero County’s election audit contract | Nicole MaxwellAlamogordo Daily News
The New Mexico Office of the State Auditor (OSA), issued a letter to Otero County on March 14 stating it found concerns and potential violations of county and state code with Otero County’s with EchoMail to audit the 2020 General Election. The concerns included contract oversight deficiencies, potential Governmental Conduct Act violations and possible violations of the Otero County Purchasing Policy. Otero County has until March 29 to respond to the State Auditor’s Office letter. The Otero County Commission has supported the audit since the first discussions of it in 2021. “I speak for myself, but I think the other two commissioners feel the same way that we strongly support this audit,” Otero County Commission Chairwoman Vickie Marquardt said. The Alamogordo Daily News reached out to Otero County for comment but had not heard back as of 3 p.m. on March 14. “Through our fact-finding procedures, review of documents received from the County, and review of public meetings regarding the procurement, the OSA has identified concerns and potential violations we want to bring to your attention, as the OSA seeks to deter waste and abuse in government,” the OSA letter states.