HOBBS, N.M. (AP) – Less than eight percent of registered Hobbs voters bothered to weigh in on a special election to require voter ID.
Of around 16,000 registered voters in the southeastern New Mexico city, the Hobbs News-Sun reports only 1,310 decided the fate of that law. The measure passed this week with 78 percent approval.
Lea County turned in the worst voter participation in the state during November’s general election.
The amendment says that if voters don’t have identification, the city will provide it free of charge.
The oil-boom town is the latest battleground over requiring strict identification to cast ballots.
Albuquerque and Rio Rancho, two of the biggest cities in the state, already require photo ID for local elections. Previous efforts to get a statewide law have stalled in legislative committees.