DPNM Statement on New Mexico Supreme Court Ruling In Riddle v Oliver

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DPNM Statement on New Mexico Supreme Court Ruling In Riddle v Oliver

The Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico today ruled that in order for voters to vote by mail in the June 2 primary, they must apply for an absentee ballot and that county clerks cannot send a ballot unless a voter specifically applies for one. The primary election will also include in-person voting.

This decision comes after the Republican Party of New Mexico decided to interfere in a bipartisan effort to protect the health of New Mexicans while enfranchising as many people as possible. Thanks to their efforts, many poll workers and the general public will have to choose between exercising their right to vote and protecting their health. 

DPNM Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement regarding the ruling:

“The Democratic Party of New Mexico remains concerned about how in-person voting could threaten the health and safety of many New Mexicans. We will continue to do everything possible to help our fellow New Mexicans make their voices heard, including encouraging voters to fill out their absentee ballot applications. We regret that the GOP’s efforts to suppress the vote have made it harder to vote and put poll workers at risk, but we will not give up this fight.”


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