New Mexico Republican Official Caught On Video Illegally Teaching Voter Suppression Tactics

Author: October 4, 2012 7:48 pm

A group in New Mexico is claiming to have video showing the Sandoval County Republican Party vice chair instructing people on how to illegally  use voter suppression tactics, as reported by Raw Story

Here’s the video:

 

Raw Story reports;

The trainer also falsely claims that voters who changed their address but stayed in the same voting district should receive a provisional ballot and that no assistance would be provided to non-English speaking voters.


Morlen, who is now a tea party activist, later mocks disabled voters in New Mexico.

“In this state, if you’re in a coma [laughing] and your parent wants you to vote, they can vote for you,” she quips. “My own opinion is if the person can’t even say their name, at least their name, I don’t see why they should be voting.”

ProgressNow New Mexico warned that the faulty poll challenger training “could potentially restrict the voting rights of as many as [one in eight] New Mexicans in November.”

She also claims that photo ID is needed sometimes, while the New Mexico Secretary of State has said that,

You do not have to present a photo ID. Only if you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, then you must submit with the form a copy of (1) a current and valid photo identification; or (2) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address. If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you would be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.

Am I the only one that’s had about enough of this war on democracy? The “True the Vote” nonsense and other accusations of voter fraud by the right wing (incidentally, all of the recent fraud scandals are by the right wing) are just excuses to lock minorities and others out of the election because it is well-known that they prefer to vote democratic (with, notably, their best interests).

Interfering with that in any way is un-American, to say the least. We are a country that prides ourselves on the democratic process and this has no place in it.

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  • These stories plainly reveal the GOP’s myopia and desperation — they’re well aware that they can’t win this election without cheating, and they’re willing to risk the permanent, damning stain that cheating creates. History will recall this episode in the darkest terms.

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