SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced Monday the successful completion of the post-election audit of the 2018 general election.
“Post-election auditing of New Mexico’s vote tabulation systems helps ensure the integrity of our elections and is another reason voters should have the utmost confidence that their voices are heard at the ballot box,” Secretary Toulouse Oliver said. “I thank the county clerks and election officials who had a hand in the process for their diligence in completing the post-election audit.”
Following each general election, New Mexico law requires a voting system check for all federal offices, the office of the governor, and the statewide elective office (other than the governor) for which the winning candidate won by the smallest percentage margin of all statewide candidates.
The races identified for this audit were:
- U.S. Representative – District 2;
- Governor and Lieutenant Governor; and
- Commissioner of Public Lands.
In randomly selected precincts across the state, a hand tally of each paper ballot was conducted for Election Day voting, early in-person voting, and absentee by mail voting. These hand tallied results were compared by an auditing firm against the voting machine tabulator results from each affected county’s canvassing report. The error rate found by the 2018 voting system check audit was 0.036% for U.S. Representative – District 2, -0.188% for Governor and Lieutenant Governor, and -0.254% for the Commissioner of Public Lands, which reflects a very slight statistical difference between the hand tallies and the voting machine tabulator tallies that were included in the audit. The results reflect a highly accurate vote tabulation process in New Mexico.