On Wednesday, ProgressNow New Mexico published a video obtained on September 26, which allegedly shows New Mexico Republican official Pat Morlen instructing poll challengers to ask for photo ID at polls. ProgressNow New Mexico writes, “The training was replete with misinformation about ID requirements, the use of provisional ballots, assistance for Spanish-speaking citizens, change of address requirements, and the rights of the disabled at the polls.”
According to the New Mexico Secretary of State, the official who implements voter regulations and oversees elections, only a verbal ID (name, birthday and address) can be requested:
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.
Morlen is also heard to say that voters on purge lists would have to vote provisional instead of with a regular ballot. Provisional ballots are used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter’s eligibility. Morlen also states that those who have changed addresses within a voting district would have to vote provisional as well, contrary to law.
This is troublesome because if Morlen is this uninformed, or willfully acting to suppress vote with her challenger instruction, then there will be jackass poll challengers out there asking for ID left and right, or telling how voters must vote.
“If the attendees of these trainings – and trainings likes these that have occurred or will occur – attempt to challenge votes because of what they learned, it could lead to many problems at the polls,” said ProgressNow New Mexico. “[It] has the potential to disenfranchise voters who have a legal, legitimate right to exercise their civic duty on Election Day.”
Head over to ProgressNow New Mexico for more background on this video.