The Albuquerque Journal reported today that nearly 460,000 postcards were mailed out from the office of Secretary of State Brad Winter and State Representative Nora Espinoza of Roswell is not happy about it. What’s the harm of a postcard? Nothing, unless one is concerned the recipients will participate in the democratic process, get registered and vote on Election Day. The postcard alerts nearly half a million New Mexicans that if they fit certain criteria which include being 18 or older, a resident of New Mexico and a U.S. citizen, they may be eligible to vote in November.
Just last year Representative Espinoza voted in favor of implementing voter outreach in March of 2015. In July 2016, the State of New Mexico signed up with Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC), an organization that uses data-matching tools to accurately identify the eligible, thereby increasing access to the voter registration process, making it easier for New Mexicans to engage in the political progress. According to Alan Packman, Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s campaign manager, “Nora Espinoza voted for the Republican-sponsored, bi-partisan legislation that created the highly effective voter outreach program that she is now criticizing,” Packman adds, “Either she didn’t understand the legislation she voted for or she’s run so far from her legislative record that she can no longer even remember the votes she cast.”
Early voting in New Mexico begins on October 11.