Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Schoen Should Pay for Recount.(West Side Journal)(Editorial)

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Last year's election for probate judge in Sandoval County remained unsettled for nearly two months after the polls closed Nov. 5. Six months have passed since the official tally was announced in late December, but the bill for the recount that caused the delay still hasn't been paid.

Why? Because Stevan Schoen, who disputed the vote count, disputes the amount he must pay for the recount.

While the courts may ultimately have to settle the matter, Schoen should pay the full cost of the recount.

Schoen was the unsuccessful Democratic challenger to incumbent Probate Judge Mary Kwapich. He sought the recount after he trailed by only 32 votes out of more than 24,000 cast. …

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