Judge questions vote

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Court > Supreme Court to decide on Raphaelson soon

By Tris DeRoma

Shortly after the 2014 elections this past November, District Court Judge Sheri Raphaelson learned that the constituents in her districts, which consist of Los Alamos, Rio Arriba and Santa Fe counties, no longer wanted to retain her as judge.
Here’s how each county voted according to the unofficial results:
• Los Alamos: 2,727 voters voted to retain her.
• 3,070 voters voted to recall her.
• Rio Arriba: 3,385 voters voted to retain her.
• 3,344 voters voted to recall her.
• Santa Fe: 19,629 voters voted to retain her.
• 13,546 voters voted to recall her.
Raphaelson needed at least 57 percent of the overall vote to keep her job, she fell short of that by about one percent point, with 55.98 percent of the voters voting to keep her and 44.02 percent of the voters voting to let her go, according to the unofficial figures on the website of the New Mexico Secretary of State.
Two days after the election, Raphaelson sent off a letter to Chief Judge of the First Judicial District Raymond Ortiz contesting the election.

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