Dianna Duran Wins an “Academy Award”

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The Center for American Progress Action Fund released a fantastic report today in the run up to Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony. The Academy Awards of Voter Suppression report highlights the worst actors on the democratic stage when it comes to denying access to the ballot box.

Our very own Secretary of State Dianna Duran made the list, winning the award for “Best Cinematography.”

Here’s the entire list of award winners:

Best Director: Charles and David Koch
Best Picture: North Carolina (emphasis on Gov. McCrory)
Best Actor: Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Best Actress: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley
Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Texas Secretary of State Nandita Berry
Best Cinematography: New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran
Best Original Screenplay: George Will
Best Costume Design: Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp

CLICK HERE to read the full report and read below to see why Secretary Duran is taking home this not-so-prestigious award.

Best Cinematography: New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran

Best Cinematography is awarded to the person who starred in or released grossly misleading advertisements with the aim of suppressing the vote.

Throughout her time as New Mexico secretary of state, Dianna Duran has stoked fear of voter fraud in support of her own conservative agenda. From last-minute attempts to purge the voter roles to attacking an opponent with the story of a pet registering to vote, Duran’s claims have constantly been proven outlandish, overblown, and extreme. In 2011, Duran alleged 64,000 cases of voter fraud in New Mexico—5 percent of the state’s total registered voters—turning the names of those 64,000 almost entirely innocent New Mexican voters over to law enforcement for investigation. In 2012, three months prior to Election Day, Duran mailed registration confirmation postcards to 177,000 voters, 14 percent of the state’s total registrants, in an attempt to remove inactive voters from the rolls. However, active and regular voters were among those who received the confusing mailing.

Duran doubled down on claims of voter fraud in her 2014 re-election campaign and, in order to attack her opponent for failing to support voter ID laws, she cited a 2012 story about a man registering his dog to vote. The man in question was later identified as the husband of a Republican candidate for state senate, who apologized once the relationship was revealed. In January 2015, Duran announced she would not support a bipartisan voter ID bill because she favors a stricter bill requiring photo identification to cast a ballot.

Not only did an investigation of those 64,000 potentially fraudulent registrants find Duran “completely right, 0.0296875 percent of the time,” the claims made in her campaign ad were overblown and fraudulent. Sadly, this is nothing new for proponents of voter ID. As noted in a Center for American Progress investigative report, “stoking fears about voter fraud has been part and parcel of many Republican campaigns around the country in recent elections.” Sec. Duran has not only followed the script—she produced the trailer.

For her efforts to champion dubious claims in overblown and fraudulent ads, New Mexico Sec. of State Dianna Duran receives the award for Best Cinematography.