Sandoval County Clerk denies responsibility for long lines at the polls in Rio Rancho

Nov 9, 2012

The Sandoval County Clerk says nothing could have been done to eliminate the long lines for some voters in Rio Rancho on Election Day.

KOAT-TV reports Sally Padilla defended her office's performance Thursday saying they hadn't been given enough equipment to handle the growing city's electorate.  Hundreds of voters waited for hours, some for over 4 hours, to vote on Tuesday night.

Padilla says it was the state Board of Elections that consolidated precincts into the new voting centers.  She has been in office over 40 years and plans to retire when her term ends this year.