The Eddy County Commission on Thursday officially closed the canvass of the ballots from last week's presidential election in Eddy County, making the results semi-official. The election results will become official after the New Mexico Secretary of State issues a certification The commission and County Clerk Darlene Rosprim certified the ballot canvass, which will be submitted to the Secretary of State.

The commission opened the canvass the morning after last week's election, giving local election officials plenty of time to check and make sure there were no voting discrepancies and that the ballots balanced with the returns at the close of the election.

Rosprim told the commission that 39 provisional ballots were cast, but only 26 were valid. Those 26 ballots did not make a major difference in the election outcome, she said.

The provisional ballots cast on Election Day are not counted until the canvass is officially opened.

"The provisional ballots that could not be counted were cast by people that were not registered voters," Rosprim explained. "Some thought they could register on the day of the election."

Rosprim said the provisional ballots cast were scattered in precincts. The most provisional ballots cast in one precinct were four.