Of course, when the actual facts are brought to light, virtually all of these voter fraud claims have proven to be baseless. But now of growing concern are the unintended consequences of these types of ill-considered proposals. Seniors, veterans and minority populations who may not have access to the required identification, are the most affected.
Op Ed originally found here: http://www.lcsun-news.com/las_cruces-opinion/ci_22555061/their-view-three-ways-improve-voting-process-new
Their View: Three ways to improve voting process in New Mexico
THIS IS IT.
Today, we ask you to take 3 simple steps:
- Using the Our Time tool in the footer of this page, PLEDGE to vote and LOOK UP your polling place and local ballot lineup.
- Get your ass to a polling place and VOTE like your future depends on it (if you haven’t already). In 10 states you can even register to vote AT your polling place - so if you’re in ID, IA, ME, MN, MT, NH, RI, DC, WI, or WY, you really have no reason not to get out there today!
- Post a photo of yourself sporting an “I voted” sticker or in any other way congratulating yourself for being a good citizen today - and tag it #GPOTV (yes, that’s GPOY + GOTV).
Thank you, from all of us at Tumblr.
(poster art by Justin Nottke via govote)
I saw this unfold over the last week. Regardless of your views, any campaigning AT ALL is prohibited within 100 ft of a polling center. This store was asked to take down their sign, which they interpreted thusly.
Y’all, having the opportunity to vote is your RIGHT. People are out there trying to take it away from you, learn up on the topic and don’t let them push you around at the polls!
True The Vote – a totally sketch ideological group under investigation by the US Congress — released a series of “poll watcher” trainings in NM with more incorrect information that will likely lead to voter bullying and vigilante poll challenges.
The videos, released online over the weekend to True The Vote email subscribers, were emailed to a staffer from local organization, ProgressNowNM, who signed up for information from True The Vote using his real name.
True The Vote instructs participants to complete eight short video sessions, then contact their local True The Vote leader to be recommended as a poll challenger. Poll challengers are appointed by the major parties.
ProgressNowNM has compiled a short video comparing True The Vote’s training to New Mexico law. The video is available online at ProgressNowNM.org
On October 5, the same day that Congressman Elijah Cummings (MD) announced a congressional investigation into voter fraud tactics by True The Vote, ProgressNowNM also released an audio recording of New Mexico’s True The Vote state leader, David Harris, telling an undercover staffer that he was teaching a Republican-party poll challenger training. Coordination between the non-profit True the Vote and political parties is prohibited under IRS rules.
Two days later, Attorney General Gary King announced his investigation into plans to intimidate eligible voters in New Mexico, based on ProgressNowNM’s recordings. His office also put out clarifications on New Mexico’s election laws and warned that “Voter suppression or any type of infringement upon the free elective process is a violation of the Election Code and may be punished criminally.”
ProgressNowNM continues to fact-check the True The Vote training videos. In just the single video on Election Day activity, we identified at least seven instructions in direct violation of New Mexico election law or contrary to New Mexico polling place practice. Each of which could lead to confusion and frustration by voters and unnecessary bullying and challenges among poll workers.
“At this point, no one involved in training poll workers in New Mexico can pretend to accidentally give out misinformation,” says Pat Davis, Executive Director of ProgressNowNM. “They are on notice from everyone from Congress to the attorney general to county clerks that their actions are wrong and disruptive; yet, they continue.”
“I’m no conspiracy theorist, but this looks pretty well planned and organized; the law be damned,” added Davis.