Where’s the Investigation? Weeks after Voter Registration Complaints, Duran Yet to Act

Following several reports to the Bernalillo County Clerk’s office of voter registrars providing misleading and suppressive information, Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver was forced to alert the public about the improper tactics and reiterate correct registration procedures.

Toulouse Oliver immediately turned the information over to the Secretary of State’s office for further investigation. Now, nearly a month later, questions continue over Duran’s handling of these complaints.

“Dianna Duran gives lip service to protecting the integrity of our elections, but when presented with actionable information about organized efforts to provide voter registration misinformation, she just sits on her hands,” said Toulouse Oliver Campaign Manager Alan Packman. “Duran’s refusal to fully investigate the Bernalillo County issues is unfortunately consistent with her history of putting the interests of her political party, her political consultants and her campaign donors before what’s right for the people of New Mexico.”

Packman continued, “Dianna Duran has spent four years and hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars chasing the essentially non-existent cases of in-person voter fraud in New Mexico to further her extreme partisan agenda of enacting strict photo voter ID laws – laws that only serve the purpose of suppressing the voter participation of seniors, working families and young people.”

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Maggie Toulouse Oliver grew up in New Mexico, attended Albuquerque public schools and received her Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. She has served as Bernalillo County Clerk since 2007, where improving the integrity of the election process and delivering top customer service have been the highest priorities. This year, President Obama’s Election Commission lauded the work Toulouse Oliver has done in Bernalillo County including vote centers and innovations like the ‘My Vote Center’ app as some of the best practices in the nation. Maggie has also been a leading voice to promote the Voter Expansion Project, an initiative aimed at ensuring that every eligible citizen is registered to vote, all registered voters have access to the ballot box and every vote is accurately counted.  As our next Secretary of State, Maggie will build on this progress and work to make voting easier and more accessible for every New Mexican. Maggie lives in Albuquerque with her husband Allan and two sons.