Libertarian candidates come up short in bid to get on general election ballot

The Daily Times staff
San Juan County

FARMINGTON — A recount of Libertarian primary election ballots in San Juan County generated two additional votes for write-in governor candidate Bob Walsh and lieutenant governor candidate Robin Dunn, but neither hopeful drew enough support to qualify for the general election.

The Libertarian Party paid for the recount of votes in eight counties, including San Juan County, in an effort to get Walsh and Dunn’s names printed on the general election ballot.

Walsh originally received 3 votes in San Juan County and Dunn received 2 votes.

Despite the recount efforts, neither Walsh nor Dunn will have their name printed on the ballot.

County Clerk Tanya Shelby explained people voting for write-in candidates must fill in the circle and write the candidate’s name on a line beside the circle. Both steps must be completed for the machines to register the vote. The recount meant looking at each ballot cast.

Both Walsh and Dunn needed to receive 230 votes during the primary election to have their names printed on the general election ballot.

Walsh was 44 votes short of making the 230-vote requirement after the recount. Dunn fell short of the mark by 40 votes.

The recount across the eight counties gave Walsh an additional 11 votes, and Dunn received 13 more votes.