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NM SoS Letter Re Misleading Training

NM SoS Letter Re Misleading Training

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Published by: Alex Seitz-Wald on Oct 10, 2012
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 Secretary Dianna DuranNew Mexico Secretary of State325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501Dear Secretary Duran:The undersigned represent non-partisan organizations committed to ensuring free andfair elections in New Mexico. We write to call your attention to materially incorrect informationconcerning election procedures that appears to have been provided to prospective election-daychallengers. We are concerned that without corrective action on your part this and otherincorrect information may result in disruption, delay and potentially disenfranchisement onElection Day. We therefore request that your office, in conjunction with county officials, countyclerks, and district attorneys, immediately investigate the extent to which the below-referenced
information, or other incorrect information, has been disseminated as “challenger training
” and
to take the necessary steps to correct this misinformation.The specific misinformation to which we refer has been reported by ProgressNow NewMexico, as occurring at a Republican Party challenger training conducted by Pat Morlen, ViceChair of the Sandoval County Republican Party. A video clip is available atwww.progressnow.org/blog/2012/10/gop-trains-poll-workers-to-suppress-votes.html.In just theshort video clip that has been posted online, at least two serious inaccuracies are apparent.
First, the video clearly shows Ms. Morlen stating “You can request to see a form of ID,
okay. So at the request of two or more precinct board members of different political parties, avoter
shall still present the required physical form of identification.”
This instruction is matched
 by the “Voter Reference Guide” distributed at this training, available at
www.scribd.com/doc/108738986/GOP-Pamphlet. This is false. Only voters who registered by mail and did not send a copy of the requireddocuments must show physical ID, but even this does not have to be a photo ID and the addresson the document does not need to match the voter registration address. All other voters mayprovide identification by stating for (or writing down and handing to) the poll official their name,address, and birth year.
New Mexico Secretary of State Frequently Asked Questions,available at www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/Frequently_Asked_Questions.aspx 
(“Voter FAQ”).
We recognize that the “Voter Reference Guide” correctly states that, “If „ID‟ notation in
Roster/Checklist, voter must show current utility bill, bank statement or other government
document that shows name and address of voter ID.”
However, the guide does not instructchallengers that precinct board members can
request ID from voters with such a notation.

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