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Voter suppression in N.M.

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By Hal Rhodes

About a month ago news broke that a group of New Mexico Republican functionaries had undertaken training sessions for poll challengers who were being equipped, as the online journal Salon.com put it, “with false information about election law that could be used to suppress voting rights” at the Nov. 6 election.
It’s a disturbing story of some dubious political shenanigans right here.
Seems the group even created its very own “poll challenger guide,” whereby its trainee-challengers could discover ways to make voters show their IDs at their polling places and to vote by provisional ballots, contrary to state law.
The skullduggery was revealed in an undercover video recorded by the non-profit organization ProgressNow NM at a Sept. 26 official training session conducted in Albuquerque. The training session was reportedly conducted by Tea Party activist Pat Morlen who is the Sandoval County GOP vice chairperson.Within a week or so, state Attorney General Gary King announced that his office was investigating the affair and “exploring available sanctions against those found guilty of voter suppression tactics.”
“I will not tolerate voter suppression efforts by anyone, period!” King said.


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