Secretary of State candidates square off in debate

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The two women looking to become New Mexico’s next Secretary of State squared off in a debate Sunday morning.

Democrat and Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver is up against Republican and State Representative Nora Espinoza in the race.

A key issue in this race is requiring voter ID to vote which Toulouse Oliver opposes and Espinoza supports.

“Democracy should encourage and foster voter participation across the spectrum. My opponent sadly is much more interested in keeping people from voting than encouraging people to participate in our democracy,” said Toulouse Oliver.

“I am for every eligible voter to be able to vote, but not to set up a process where there can be this voting fraud,” said Espinoza.

The winner of the election will serve the final two years of disgraced Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s term.

Duran pled guilty in 2015 to felony charges of stealing campaign donations and spending the money at casinos. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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