New Mexico Republican’s are up to their dirty election tricks, and this time they are coming after us.
Just one day after we filed more than 16,000 signatures to put reduced marijuana penalties on the ballot in Albuquerque, the city says they “goofed” in doing the math. Now they say the threshold is much higher, but there is no more time to add new names.
How does this happen? Republican City Councilor Don Harris, who opposed this all along (the same councilor who tried to undo the voter ballot measure to raise the minimum wage), asked the city attorney to ‘reread’ the law and change the number his office certified to start the campaign.
That’s not all.
Tonight, the Santa Fe city council is set to consider putting reduced marijuana penalties on the ballot in Santa Fe if voters turn in the remaining signatures in the next few days.
But Republicans aren’t waiting to try to stop it. Yesterday, a representative from the Republican party was in the clerk’s office copying personal voter information on every single person who signed in a pre-emptive challenge to the measure.
Let’s make one thing clear: voters exercised their democratic rights by signing names and addresses to a city clerk’s petition, not a Republican voter target list.
We’re calling shenanigans on this.
Almost 25,000 voters have put their name on petitions to finally let New Mexicans cast a vote on marijuana policies. Whether Republicans like it or not, it’s going to bring out more people to vote.
We’re not backing down. We’re standing up for the people’s right to vote and to be free from Republican intimidation in New Mexico elections.
I know we ask a lot, but this ask is big and it’s important now.
We all deserve to know what the GOP is doing with the personal voter data of marijuana petition signers and we need the tools to go toe-to-toe with ABQ’s city hall to fight for our right to vote.