This week, Republican candidate for secretary of state Audrey Trujillo took to Facebook to unleash a slew of lies about New Mexico’s 2020 election. During this unhinged rant, she openly embraced conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, claiming that fraud “happened on all levels,” and calling the election “a huge coup to unseat a President.”
In addition to her lies, Trujillo unveiled an extremist platform, which would significantly restrict New Mexicans’ right to vote. Her plans include eliminating early voting entirely, eliminating access to vote by mail options, and hand counting every single ballot following every election – placing an impossible burden on overworked election workers. Trujillo’s push to heavily restrict access to the ballot box is a danger to New Mexicans’ freedoms, and her open embrace of conspiracy theories reflects the Republican party’s turn to peddling extremism rather than addressing the issues New Mexicans care most about.
The contrast between Trujillo and Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver could not be more clear. Trujillo’s radical platform underscores her complete lack of experience or understanding of how elections work, while her opponent is one of the most experienced election administrators in the country. Secretary Toulouse Olvier was the most recent President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), a bipartisan organization, and has over 15 years of experience administering elections on the County and State level.
Secretary Toulouse Oliver will continue to deliver free, fair, accessible, and secure elections for all New Mexicans – regardless of ideology – because she values democracy over party. Most recently, Secretary Toulouse Oliver successfully implemented same-day registration, expanding opportunities for all New Mexicans to vote. It’s clear by Trujillo’s statements that there is only one reasonable choice for Secretary of State in 2022.