ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran won a second term Tuesday by fending off a strong challenge from Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver in a race that centered on voter ID and nonbinding marijuana questions in two of the state's most populous counties.
The contest also focused on Duran's style of election management and her efforts to combat what she sees as widespread voter fraud. Duran has sent examples of suspected fraud to state and federal authorities to investigate.
"We don't know how bad the problem is because we don't have voter ID," Duran said. "My opponent has been against it."
Oliver, the Bernalillo County clerk, argued that fraud was rare and voter ID efforts would only prevent certain residents from casting ballots.
"We're 50 years from the Voting Rights Act, and we're still fighting this. That's wrong," Oliver said.
Instead, she advocated for same-day registration as a way to increase voter participation in the state.
The two candidates also clashed over efforts by New Mexico municipalities to include nonbinding questions on the ballot.