ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The two candidates vying to become New Mexico’s next secretary of state are meeting in a public debate to help voters decide who is best suited to be the state’s top elections officer.
Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver hopes to reinstate Democratic leadership of the Secretary of State’s Office by defeating Republican state lawmaker Nora Espinoza of Roswell in the November general election.
A debate between the two was scheduled for Sunday morning at a Jewish community center in Albuquerque.
Toulouse Oliver favors making voter registration easier, while Espinoza has emphasized concerns about voter fraud.
The victor in the polls will fill the remainder of a term vacated by former Secretary of State Dianna Duran. Duran resigned last year after pleading guilty to felony counts of embezzlement.