New Mexico launches webpage challenging election misinformation

A week before the June 7 primary election, New Mexico joined several other states in launching websites or web pages challenging lies and confusion about election security, voting and how ballots are counted.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced on Tuesday the launch of a “rumor versus reality” page on her office website.

The page addresses several issues regarding election processes in a frequently asked questions format, addressing ballot privacy, voter data security, post-election audits, and citizenship requirements, among other issues. .

He also takes aim at “2000 Mules,” a film produced by author and right-wing media personality Dinesh D’Souza that posits that paid ballot tampers swung the 2020 election to Democrat Joe Biden against President of the Donald Trump era via 400,000 illegitimate votes. The theory has been debunked by election experts and independent fact checkers.

Democratic Party observer John Cole looks at voting machines being tested as part of their certification process at the Doña Ana County Elections Office warehouse in Las Cruces, NM on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

The film has been endorsed by Rebecca Dow and Ethel Maharg, two of five Republican primary candidates seeking the nomination to challenge Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham in November. A third GOP candidate, Greg Zanetti, also questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 election.

“The film uses faulty assumptions and faulty data to try to prove its point about the 2020 election,” the SOS webpage says, referring to articles by Politifact and The Associated Press debunking several of the claims of the film.

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has been a Democrat in office since 2016 and is seeking re-election in November.

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Results of an ABC/Ipsos poll earlier this year, conducted ahead of the first anniversary of the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol, found Americans’ confidence in the integrity of elections plummeted in 2021. , as the former president and his political allies continued to argue that he was the rightful winner of the 2020 contest and election administration has become a partisan battleground.

Voting machines wait to be tested and certified at the Doña Ana County Elections Office warehouse in Las Cruces, NM on Tuesday, September 28, 2021.

New Mexico was one of seven states where Republicans submitted alternate voter lists for the 2020 presidential contest despite Biden winning by nearly 100,000 votes in the state. The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit, later dropped, over New Mexico’s use of drop boxes to collect ballots, one of a series of measures taken to improve public safety. during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“If the last two years are any indication, efforts will be made to question the legitimacy of this election and other elections in the future,” Toulouse Oliver said in a press release. “That’s why it’s so important for voters to get the facts and why we launched this resource.

The office said the page would be updated periodically as new issues or rumors gain prevalence in New Mexico, and referred voters to their local county clerks’ offices, which administer elections locally, for further information. additional questions.

In format, the page is similar to a federal election security “rumor check” page run by the agency Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security and similar pages launched in neighboring states of Arizona and Colorado.

Information on local county clerks offices, polling stations, voter registration and obtaining mail-in ballots is also available at http://NMVote.org.

Algernon D’Ammassa can be reached at 575-541-5451, [email protected] or @AlgernonWrites on Twitter.

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