While DPNM encourages absentee voting, the NMGOP continues to promote practices that violate social distancing and put New Mexicans at risk
As thousands of New Mexicans continue to do their part to stop the spread of COVID-19 by requesting absentee ballots, staying home, and wearing masks, the New Mexico GOP this week still refused to admit that in-person voting is more dangerous than voting absentee.
On Monday, New Mexico GOP Chair Steve Pearce was quoted in the Albuquerque Journal saying, “I think people can stay safe and vote in person or absentee – either one.” Just a day later the Republican Party of Doña Ana County sent out an email including a Facebook card that pledged “I will vote in person. I will vote RED.”
This rhetoric from the GOP isn’t new. In early April, as our state began to take serious measures to save lives, GOP Communications Director Mike Curtis was quoted in the Silver City Daily Press saying “Our legislative candidates have…been given the option to go door-to-door.” In fact, the GOP seems to be getting this message right from the top. President Donald Trump was seen this week touring a mask facility without wearing a mask.
The GOP’s advice to vote or campaign in person goes directly against everything that experts are saying. In fact, Illinois’ in-person voting is already responsible for multiple cases of coronavirus and at least one death.
DPNM Chair Marg Elliston released the following statement regarding the GOP’s recent promotion of in-person voting:
“The Democratic Party of New Mexico is putting all our energy into making sure that as many New Mexicans as possible vote from home this June, because we know that’s the best way to keep our communities healthy while making our voices heard. It’s shameful that the GOP continues to spread misinformation about in-person voting, putting poll workers and the general public at risk. We should all be taking a science-based approach to this virus, so that we can keep New Mexicans safe and healthy.”