One of Republican candidate for secretary of state Nora Espinoza’s top priorities is working to have the legislature adopt Voter ID. Espinoza, who currently serves as New Mexico representative for District 59, introduced a HB 312, Voter ID bill, earlier this year.
“The singular most important role of the SOS (secretary of state) is to ensure the integrity of the elections system, protecting every single citizen’s vote, ensuring their votes are not stolen, and that their identity is not stolen,” Espinoza wrote in response to questions from the Los Alamos Monitor.
According to Espinoza, the state’s current system, which requires only that a voter state their name, address and year of birth at the polls, is insufficient. She cited a 2014 case of voter fraud in Española as proof that someone can impersonate another person at the polls.
“Without Voter ID, the poll workers have no way of knowing if they are actually talking with the voter in question or not,” Espinoza said. “We need Voter ID so that the poll workers can ensure that people do not steal other people’s votes.”