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3 N.M. congressional delegates sponsor bill to repeal Trump’s election commission

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By The Staff

U.S. Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham touted a bicameral bill they introduced Friday to repeal President Donald Trump’s election commission order that they said especially intimidated “people of color.”

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“The bill is supported by more than 90 members of Congress, including every Democratic Senator of color,” according to the joint press release issued by the three New Mexico congressional members Friday.

“The right to vote is one of the most sacred and fundamental rights in our democracy,” Udall said. “President Trump’s voter suppression commission is nothing more than a cynical and shameful attempt to intimidate voters – particularly people of color – delegitimize our electoral process, and discourage participation in government.

New Mexico’s Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has refused to comply with the Presidential Advisory Commission’s request to share sensitive voter roll data.

“These types of tactics have led to burdensome voter ID laws or the purging of voter registration rolls that disproportionately impact poor, elderly, disabled and Americans of color, and increase the amount of red tape and bureaucracy needed to exercise a fundamental Constitutional right,” Lujan Grisham said. Lujan Grisham is chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

The Anti-Voter Suppression Act would prohibit any federal funds from being used to support the creation of a commission to investigate voter fraud, which is nothing more than a thinly veiled attempt at voter suppression that will disproportionately affect poor and minority communities, according to Udall, Heinrich and Lujan Grisham.

“Our nation’s democracy is founded on the right to vote and the ability of every citizen to participate in that process equally,” said Heinrich.
Last week, Senators Udall and Heinrich sent a letter demanding the Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity rescind its request that state election officials provide sensitive voter roll data.