NM starts process to purge voter lists


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – About 186,000 New Mexicans are being asked by the secretary of state’s office to update their voter registration information or they could be dropped from voter rolls in 2017.

Ken Ortiz, a spokesman for Secretary of State Dianna Duran, said Monday that postcards are being mailed to the voters this week seeking to confirm their addresses.

The notices could lead to people being purged from voter registration rolls in March 2017, if their postcard is returned as undeliverable and they don’t vote in the next two years or update their address.

“This mailer has no effect at all on anyone’s ability to vote in the 2014 election, and voters who receive the postcard should not be lead to believe that they will be unable to vote,” Bureau of Election Director Bobbi Shearer said in a statement.

She also said the office is following federal law in starting the process to update voter registration rolls.

Those receiving the postcards include voters who’ve filed a change of address form with the U.S. Postal Service or had election-related mail returned as undeliverable.

Duran said in a statement that “one way to reduce the likelihood of fraud is to clean up the voter rolls.”

“The voter rolls are now bloated, most likely with something close to 200,000 voters’ names who either no longer live in New Mexico or who are no longer eligible to vote for various reasons,” said Duran.

Nearly 1.3 million New Mexicans are registered to vote, with Democrats accounting for about 47 percent of them. Thirty-one percent are Republicans. Independents and minor parties account for the remainder.

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