10 August 2012
Irony Abounds As Secretary of State Dianna Duran Set To Receive
“Lady of Liberty Award” From Republican Women’s Group
SANTA FE — New Mexico’s Secretary of State Dianna Duran will receive a “Lady of Liberty Award” this Saturday merely two days after it came to light that her actions have disenfranchised legitimate New Mexico voters. Oh, the irony.
Secretary Duran has perhaps done more than any other person in New Mexico to limit liberty, yet that fact is apparently lost on the Santa Fe Federated Republican Women, the group hosting Saturday’s event. Had the group done some research they may have come to a different conclusion about Ms. Duran’s role in protecting liberty in New Mexico. (The event, happening this Saturday at Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque, will also feature vitriolic blogger and television pundit Michelle Malkin.)
Secretary Duran’s voter suppression tactics have recently drawn national attention and even the Albuquerque Journal ran a front-page story today detailing how her latest attempt at voter purging is deeply flawed and is denying legitimate voters their rights.
And, though these most recent facts should’ve dissuaded any notion of “liberty” being associated with Ms. Duran’s name, they are merely the tip of the iceberg.
In July, six New Mexico counties ran out of English-language voter registration forms because Secretary Duran did not print enough forms. This led to voters across the state being unable to register to vote. Does that sound like protecting liberty?
Though New Mexico has between 250,000 and 300,000 unregistered but eligible voters (a crisis of liberty if ever there was one), when the non-profit Voter Participation Center (VPC) came to New Mexico and initiated a voter registration drive using federally-approved registration cards Secretary Duran derailed the VPC’s drive by erroneously criticizing their registration methods. Yet another strike against liberty in New Mexico.
Click here for even more evidence of Ms. Duran’s voter suppression tactics.
Secretary Duran has made it more difficult to vote in New Mexico and has thwarted efforts to make sure unregistered but eligible voters can exercise their democratic duty. Calling Secretary Duran a “Lady of Liberty” is like calling those imported green chiles from India and China “Authentic” – you can say it, but it doesn’t make it true.