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Election results official

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Election Day results in the area are finally official.

The results of voting by Chaves County residents on Nov. 6 have been officially accepted by the Chaves County Canvassing Board, which is the Chaves County Board of Commissioners. The canvassing board reconvened Thursday morning and certified the ballot counts presented by the Chaves County Clerk’s office.

Two changes occurred from results discussed during the canvassing board’s first meeting Nov. 9. U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich (D-Albuquerque) gained a vote in his re-election bid. A judicial retention question concerning J. Miles Hanisee also changed by one, with one less “yes” vote.

No local races changed from counts given on Nov. 9.

The certified results are now available from the Clerk’s office or from the New Mexico Secretary of State website, sos.state.nm.us.

The commissioners also announced that newly elected or re-elected officials in the county as well as Sheriff-elect Mike Herrington and all Chaves County Sheriff’s Office deputies will be sworn in Dec. 31.