Bernalillo County’s Clerk, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, issued an advisory today warning voters to be wary of third-party voter registration agents providing misinformation to Bernalillo County voters:
NEWS RELEASE Issued by Bernalillo County
For Immediate Release County Clerk’s Office
July 8, 2014
CLERK ADDRESSES VOTER REGISTRATION MISINFORMATION
The County Clerk’s Office has received multiple complaints since early June regarding third-party voter registration agents at a variety of locations across Albuquerque, including various Walmart stores and the Bio Park, alleging that these individuals are providing false and misleading information to voters about voter registration requirements and so-called “proxy voting.”
The complaints allege that voter registrars are telling potential voters that in order to vote they must re-register every 2 or every 5 years, depending on the information provided in the complaint. This is not true. Once an individual is registered to vote, they remain registered to vote unless they both move and cease to vote in New Mexico. Even then, they are only removed from the rolls after a lengthy and comprehensive outreach process has been conducted pursuant to federal law.
Additionally, individuals are being advised that unless they re-register to vote, their vote will be considered a “proxy” vote and will not be counted. There is no such thing as a “proxy vote” in New Mexico.
“I am very concerned that incorrect and misleading information is being disseminated to the public by individuals who are supposed to be assisting voters in ensuring they are registered, or that their voter registration is up-to-date. Registered third-party voter registration agents should only be providing information that is true and correct. If voters have questions about voting in Bernalillo County, they should call our office at 468-1291 or visit our website at bernco.gov/clerk,” says Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver.
The County Clerk’s Office has reported the complaints to the Secretary of State’s office, which is charged with overseeing third-party voter registration agents in New Mexico.
County Clerk Toulouse Oliver also added, “If individuals are found to be deliberately providing false information to voters or potential voters, this is a very serious issue and I hope the Secretary of State will take the appropriate steps to ensure that the behavior ceases or to take the appropriate action with any individuals engaging in this activity. At this point, my concern is ensuring that voters in Bernalillo County are aware of their rights and the rules about voter registration.”