Otero County Is A Heads-Up To Future Vote Theft And Judicial Autocracy
3, one-person-one-vote-counted elected officials, not up for election on this year’s primary ballots, STOLE this year’s primary votes from citizens they represent, giving a heads-up to future 2022 vote theft and 2024 judicial autocracy!!!
Any Americans who think the House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack is a political exaggeration of how dangerously close American democracy is to becoming American autocracy, or that recent questions about the integrity of the U.S. Supreme Court are just liberals trying to defeat a conservative ideology, just got real-time proof from Otero County, New Mexico that new-born vote theft autocracy does exist in America, vote theft autocracy that has the future potential of being judged legal by America’s highest court.
Last week all 3 Republican Otero County, New Mexico County Commissioners voted unanimously against certifying the vote results of their June 7 primary. The 3 commissioners’ justification for their vote theft was that they don’t trust the Dominion vote tabulation machines used in the primary election. Even though according to Otero County Clerk Robyn Holmes, the state-owned Dominion vote machines were tested by Otero County officials in public view and independently certified in advance, and a firm called EchoMail, that Otero commissioners paid about $50,000 to, who found “No Election Fraud” as a result of their services, Otero County Commissioner Vickie Marquardt said, “ I have huge concerns with these voting machines, when I certify stuff that I don’t know is right, I feel like I’m being dishonest because in my heart I don’t know if it is right.”
Dominion’s voting systems have been unjustifiably attacked as part of the big lie of conspiracy theories and misinformation that the 2020 election was rigged and stolen from Donald Trump, despite the fact that the Dominion company has filed defamation lawsuits in response to incorrect and outrageous vote theft claims made by Trump allies. When the suggestion was raised that American democracy’s legal system might intervene to stop the vote theft of the one-person-one-vote cast by each of Otero’s citizens, Otero Commissioner Vickie Marquardt autocratically replied “ And so then what? They’re going to send us to the pokey “?
To prevent the vote theft and restore one-person-one-vote-counted to Otero County New Mexico’s Democrat Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Olive did have to seek help from American democracy’s legal system. She filed an emergency appeal asking New Mexico’s state Supreme Court to order the county commissioners in Otero County to do their jobs and certify the primary votes. Last Wednesday New Mexico’s Supreme Court granted Olive’s emergency appeal and ordered Otero County Commissioners to certify the election votes by Friday of last week.
On Friday of last week 2 commissioners voted to certify, out of fear of being removed from office if they did not, and 1, who was already suffering punishment for breaking the law, voted not to certify the primary votes. Commissioner Marquardt, who had sarcastically replied when asked about the prospect of legal intervention “ And so then what? They’re going to send us to the pokey”, voted to certify explaining “ I don’t want to let anybody down, I know there’s a lot of people who want us to stand our ground,” but I don’t think it’s worth us getting removed from our seats to do that “.
The 1 commissioner, Couy Griffin, who voted again not to certify the primary votes in defiance of New Mexico’s Supreme Court, was not present at Friday’s meeting and voted no verbally over a speaker phone, he was in Washington D.C. where he had been sentenced earlier that same Friday to 14 days in jail on one count of entering a restricted area during the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. Griffin’s autocratic explanation for voting not to certify the election and continuing the attempted vote theft of legally cast votes was “ My vote to remain a no isn’t based on any evidence, it’s not based on any facts, it’s only based on my gut feeling and my own intuition, and that’s all I need “.
Fortunately for the citizens of Otero County democracy is still the law in the state of New Mexico, so there was no legal way for the New Mexico Supreme Court to allow the Otero County Commission to steal the legally cast votes of Otero citizens. Americans who live in a state like Georgia where autocracy is now the law aren’t so fortunate, vote theft can be done legally for any reason Republican politicians choose. After the 2020 election, Georgia Republicans were unhappy with Joe Biden’s win and Donald Trump’s loss, 3 vote recounts, 1 which was a hand count of each ballot cast, were conducted and still did not change Biden’s victory.
At the time recounting votes and hoping for a different outcome was legally all Republicans could do to change the result Georgia citizens voted for. To ensure that vote theft would be possible in future elections the Republican-controlled Georgia state legislature passed into law the Election Integrity Act of 2021. The new autocratic law gives the Republican-controlled Georgia state legislature broad vote theft power, Republicans can now overrule local election board operating procedures, invalidate votes from any part of the state for any reason, and invalidate any decision voted for by citizens for any reason.
In 2020 Georgia Republicans focused their vote recount and charges of vote impropriety on Fulton County, Georgia’s largest populated county which holds the largest population of Democrats and American Blacks in Georgia. Fast forward to the 2024 election in Georgia when Republicans decide to disqualify or not certify votes from Fulton County, unlike in Otero, New Mexico the Georgia Supreme Court will not have the same authority to order Georgia officials to count or certify Fulton County votes because democracy has been replaced with autocracy in Georgia, by the Georgia state legislature when it passed the so-called Election Integrity Act of 2021 into law.
The Georgia Supreme Court will say to the Fulton County plaintiffs seeking vote count redress, that their hands are tied by state law and the best thing to do is seek redress in the federal court system. The Fulton County plaintiffs will win in both the federal district court and in the appeals court, based on the American Constitution and one-person-one-vote-counted democracy, but run into an ideological brick wall and lose their one-person-one-vote-counted constitutional right in the Supreme Court!!!
Based on the fact that the U.S. Supreme Court gutted the Voting Rights Act asserting that state rights supersede federal rights as the justification, and has ruled that a Texas state abortion law that denies a woman access to an abortion procedure in Texas can remain in effect, even though it contradicts current federal law which grants access to an abortion for all American women, proves that the majority of U.S. Supreme Court justices are ideological politicians committed to the rule of conservative ideology and state rights autocracy, and are not judicial stewards committed to the rule of American constitutional law.
In 2024 when the Fulton County v State of Georgia vote theft case reaches the U.S. Supreme Court, it will reverse the U.S. Appeals Court ruling that based on the American Constitution Fulton County’s votes must be counted and certified. The Supreme Court will rule that autocracy and the Fulton County vote theft are legal, based on conservative state rights ideology, because Georgia, like any of the other 49 states in America, has the right to create its own state laws regarding voting and elections, and based on conservative ideology federal law should not supersede a state’s constitutional law.
Either vote theft or judicial autocracy alone is enough to be the potential death of democracy, but vote theft combined with judicial autocracy is the certain death of American democracy. Of the 2, vote theft is the easiest democracy killer to stop, all that is required is for American citizens to stop voting for, or remove from office, politicians who proclaim or run on the platform that the 2020 election was stolen from Donald Trump, therefore Joe Biden is an illegitimate President.
Since the judicial autocracy exists within the highest court in the land, the U.S. Supreme Court, the autocracy is a harder nut to crack. The 9 Supreme Court Justices operate as lifetime appointment gods accountable to no one, each justice is only accountable to himself or herself as an individual judge god. No one, including the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, can tell a Justice of the Supreme Court what to do or not do as a judge, they are free to govern themselves. Ideological cancer has metastasized on the Supreme Court and created judicial autocracy, the cancer can only be removed by applying the “Democratic Fix” to the 9 Justices, which will motivate the Supreme Court to stop its current practice of rule of ideology and return to the rule of constitutional law.
The Otero County vote theft saga is a blinking red light on American democracy’s early warning system, that a missile with a nuclear warhead has been launched and aimed directly at American democracy!!! Failure to heed the heads-up warning will mean the certain death of American democracy and the certain birth of American autocracy.
Isaac Newton Farris Jr. is the nephew of Martin Luther King, Jr. and serves as Senior Fellow at the King Center. Growing up in one of the most socially and politically active families has given him a unique perspective on current events. Drop by his website for straight talk free of one-sided political spin.
Originally published at https://isaacnewtonfarris.com on June 21, 2022.