Sec. of State takes huge step toward more transparency in state government

In a step toward a more open and transparent government, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver launched a new online resource today aimed at tracking the financial interests of elected officials around the state. Financial Disclosure Documents have been a part of public service in New Mexico for years but were previously only available in hard copies found in Santa Fe.

#ProtectOurVote – Resources for Election Day

Our free and open elections are the envy of the world and problems on Election Day are rare. Still, we know that voter intimidation — and other problems — at the polls is a possibility. While trained poll watchers will be deployed throughout New Mexico on Election Day, everyone should be aware of how to protect your vote and how to access resources if you have problems voting. 

Below you’ll find resources you can use — like hotlines staffed with lawyers and election experts — if you or anyone you know encounters problems voting. Also, there are talking points here that you can use to push back on claims of “rigged” elections and other baseless claims like voter fraud. RESOURCES
Four toll free hotlines will be operated on Election Day 6:30 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. These hotlines will not only help voters with locating their polls but are also able to answer questions or report problems:
866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) for English
888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682) for Spanish
1-888-API-VOTE (888-274-8683) for Asian voters
1-844-418-1682 for Arab American Voters
Polling locations may also be found at www.vote411.org or contact the County Clerk’s office, or the Secretary of State website:
https://voterview.state.nm.us/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do

THINGS TO KNOW
Intimidation consists of inducing or attempting to induce fear in any member of the precinct board, voter, challenger or watcher by use of or threatened use of force, violence, infliction of damage, harm or loss or any form of economic retaliation upon a voter, precinct board member, challenger or watcher for the purpose of impeding or preventing the free exercise of voting or the impartial administration of the election.

Hillary vs. The Donald: FINAL SHOWDOWN

ProgressNow New Mexico and Planned Parenthood Votes NM join forces to bring you the FINAL SHOWDOWN between presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton and Donald J. Trump. DON’T MISS This MUST-SEE TV event, LARGEST debate party in New Mexico, and the final debate in the race for the White House! WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19th 5:30- 9:30pm! (The debate begins at 7pm sharp!) Get to Dialogue Brewing,1501 1st Street NW on the early side – find a great seat, have dinner and a beer before the games begin! 

The Democratic and Republican nominees for president face off at 7pm in their final attempt to win your vote, a mere THREE WEEKS before ELECTION DAY! Expect a lively debate at the lovely indoor/outdoor beer garden at Dialogue!

Last day to register to vote (or update your info) – 5 minutes online! 

Oct. 11th (today) is the last day to register to vote in New Mexico. It also marks the first day of early voting in the state. With so much emphasis on the national election dominating the media, we here at ProgressNow New Mexico want to encourage all our readers, fans, and followers to make sure that they’re prepared to help support the many progressive champions around New Mexico. Local elections matter and with the continued stalemate in Santa Fe it is more clear than ever that we have got to return the house to representatives who will resist the governor’s awful management of the state.

Representative Nora Espinoza doesn’t want you to register to vote

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.

It’s competence vs. crazy in the 2016 SOS race

Nora Espinoza (R-Roswell) is running for Secretary of State. You read that right. The same woman who wants to legalize discrimination, ban Mexican-American history books in public schools, and let ALEC write New Mexico’s laws now wants to occupy one of the most important public offices in New Mexico. (She’s also the chair of the House Education Committee where she has a history of silencing dissent or discussion of opposing views in her committee.)

It’s impossible to think that someone who’s expressed so much close-minded extremism over the years could possibly represent the office well and execute it with the fairness and equality the office demands. And Espinoza’s campaign has already gotten off to an inauspicious start: an ethics complaint was filed against Espinoza on Monday in response to Espinoza’s publicly funded legislative website being used to campaign for that very office.

New Mexico Republican proves voter fraud happens by committing it; Plea in NM Court avoids prosecution by Atty General

Even though Fox News would have you believe that every other Democrat voted under their dead grandpa’s name in Barack Obama’s last election, a recent study found that UFO sightings are more common than actual instances of voter fraud. Given that fact, perhaps it is appropriate that the state which boasts the country’s most infamous UFO crash landing is also home to a real actual case of voter fraud.  Oh, and it was committed by a Republican. Again. 68-year old Eugene Victor of Corrales pled no contest to voter fraud this week to avoid prosecution by Attorney General Hector Balderas.

Abolish Voter Registration Altogether?

In the same week that New Mexico’s legislature passed a restrictive mandatory photo voter ID bill through the House of Representatives, Oregon did something extraordinary that will do wonders in the effort to increase civic participation. From Al Jazeera America:
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed legislation Monday making Oregon the first state to have automatic voter registration, potentially adding 300,000 new voters to state rolls. The “motor voter” legislation will use state Department of Motor Vehicles data to automatically register eligible voters whose information is contained in the DMV system, with a 21-day opt-out period for those who wish to be taken off the registry. As the Al Jazeera article notes, Oregon’s move comes as many other states are making it harder and harder for eligible voters to cast a ballot (since 2010, 22 states have tightened voter restrictions with 13 of those states passing mandatory photo voter ID laws). Hundreds of thousands of eligible New Mexicans are not currently registered to vote.