The NM Secretary of State , 27 county clerks, and legislators from both parties are debating how the upcoming 2020 primary votes should be handled as the state continues to struggle with the fallout of Covid-19. Republican lawmakers and some county clerks are in favor of holding the election entirely though the state’s existing absentee ballot system. They argue that by using the absentee ballots that require a two step process, the votes would be less susceptible to fraud and more accurate as they would be requested by voters individually.
Democratic Lawmakers and New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver are in favor of an election by mail system similar to the one used for the 2019 APS special election. With election day just around the corner, on June 2nd, the time crunch is on for a final decision. The dispute will be heard by the NM Supreme Court in a hearing set for April 14th. Read more HERE.