State Auditor opens inquiry of Otero County contract to audit 2020 election

Alamogordo Daily News: New Mexico State Auditor Brian Colon’s Office confirmed it opened a special examination over an agreement between Otero County and a firm to audit the results of the 2020 Election, asserting the contract could violate state precurement laws.

On Jan. 13, the Otero County Commission approved a contract agreement in the amount of $49,750 for EchoMail to perform an audit of the 2020 General Election.

The manner in which the contract was procured raised questions from Colon’s office.

Procurement issues are reviewed during the annual fiscal year audit, State Auditor’s Office spokeswoman Stephanie Telles said.