This is the latest in a long line of battles between Duran, the first Republican Secretary of State in many decades, and Democratic members of the legislature.
These include Duran’s decision to do away with straight-ticket voting, something that many think helped down-ballot Democrats in recent years.
Lopez made her declaration on the mailers in a statement sent to the press on Wednesday.
Lopez singled out the part of the mailer that said, ‘YOU MAY BE REQUIRED TO CONFIRM YOUR CURRENT ADDRESS AT THE POLLS ON ELECTION DAY IF THIS CARD IS NOT RETURNED.’
The Albuquerque Democrat says there is “no authorization in law” for this and that it “will create confusion among the electorate.”
“Federal and State election law is very comprehensive and extremely detailed, largely because of historical actions that have disenfranchised whole segments of our voting population,” Lopez said.”With this action, the Secretary of State is opening the door to a time when politicians-of-the-day concocted schemes aimed at subverting the foundation of our democracy: the people’s right to vote.”
In announcing the mailers last week (pdf), Duran said, “We are working hard to clean up the file and bring New Mexico into compliance with federal law.”
The federal law that Duran is referring to is the National Voter Registration Act.
The section of the ACt that is relevant is section 8.