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Group caught telling poll challenger trainees to demand voter ID responds to controversy

The group behind the poll challenger training were Republican poll challengers were told to ask for photo ID from voters has responded to the controversy.

The Republican group acknowledges that an error was made, but that the error was “one of context, not content.”

In a statement yesterday, the group says:

We are very clear about the need for photo identification. State statute is very clear about photo identification requirements at the polls. Individuals who have registered via the mail without providing proper identification in the registration process will be asked to present proper identification.

The full statement, as shared by KOB’s Peter St. Cyr on Twitter, is embedded below.

The video which caught Republican Pat Morlen teaching the poll challengers the wrong information prompted New Mexico Attorney General Gary King to open an investigation into voter suppression by the group.

The group says that it has sent corrections to those who attended the training and received the incorrect information on who would be allowed to vote and how.

Photo ID is still not necessary, even for those who registered by mail. There are other acceptable forms of proof of residency in New Mexico law.

From the website of Secretary of State Dianna Duran:

You do not have to present a photo ID. Only if you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, then you must submit with the form a copy of (1) a current and valid photo identification; or (2) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address. If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you would be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.

The group accused ProgressNow New Mexico, which released secretly recorded video of the training, of being “over zealous.”

“Our colleagues at Progress Now New Mexico are a bit over zealous in their choice of language, however, they are correct to point out that inactive voters would be issued a regular ballot should they decide to come to any polling location.”

The statement also acknowledged that inactive voters and others who received the “voter purge” postcards from Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s office would be able to vote with a regular ballot and would not need to vote with a provisional ballot.

The initial video and the announcement by King that he would investigate the alleged voter suppression effort each made national news. The group says in the statement that it only learned of the uproar on October 10.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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