Attorney denies co-op vote valid

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While a total of 184 people voted in the District III Socorro Electric Cooperative trustee election today, co-op attorney, Lorna Wiggins has said the vote is not valid.

A count at the District III meeting netted a total of 65 member/owners present at the business meeting itself. To make a quorum, 66 individuals were needed.

Following the vote, one co-op member, James Cherry, stated he saw several registered members fail to hold up their wrist-bands and thus were actually present but not counted during the count.

When meeting chairman Peter Gonzales called for adjournment, he accepted a motion and a second to adjourn. Wiggins told Gonzales a vote was not required for adjournment, so he adjourned the meeting.

Members present at the meeting demanded the results of the election to be announced and following the adjournment, co-op manager did so, reminding everyone that the numbers are not official and not valid.

Unofficially Melissa Amaro would have won the election with a total of 140 votes; Leroy Anaya received a total of 77 votes; Precilla Mauldin received a total of 27 votes; and Donald Wolberg received a total of six votes.

Wiggins said another vote would have to take place before a new trustee can be named.