New legislator admits to committing voter fraud

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The district attorney in Bernalillo County is reviewing an admission by a newly appointed state legislator that she committed voter fraud.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports that Rep. Idalia Lechuga-Tena, who was born in Mexico and became a U.S. citizen in 2007, has admitted to voting in a city election in Albuquerque in 2003 and records show she voted in the Democratic primary election in 2004. The statute of limitations has expired since those events.

Lechuga-Tena says at the time she did not realize she had to be a citizen to vote. In an interview earlier this week she only acknowledged voting in 2003.

Bernalillo County commissioners this week appointed Lechuga-Tena to fill the vacant House District 21 seat in southeast Albuquerque.

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