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Sat Aug 11, 2012, 11:49 AM

Help!: Sudden New Mexico Voter Purge

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Wood received a notice in the mail at her Santa Fe home on Tuesday. The notice directs Wood to verify her voting status with the Secretary of State's own database, "Voter View" . However, when Wood checked her voting status there, she found that her status had been changed to "INACTIVE" in this mail purge alongside a list all of the elections she has voted in since 1992, a total of 44. Wood's most recent vote was just 88 days before she received the notice sent to alleged non-voters. Wood moved from Albuquerque to her current address in Santa Fe more than 5 years ago and has voted absentee from there at least 4 times during elections when she was working in other parts of the state protecting others' right to vote. "I'm just shocked that I took my job to fight for other people's job to get their vote counted, and now I'm having to fight for my own," Wood told ProgressNow New Mexico in a recorded interview. The secretary of state's voter purge began just weeks after Secretary Duran stopped printing new voter registration cards, leaving at least six New Mexico counties without registration forms. Now we learn that during that same time Duran was not printing new voter cards she was instead able to print more than 177,000 voter registration cards to target to those she deemed non-voters. New Mexico has an estimated 250,000 - 600,000 eligible but unregistered voters. "This is exactly what we have all been afraid of when the secretary of state acts unilaterally to terminate the right to vote for voters only she can identify," says Pat Davis of ProgressNow NM. "Diane is just the first of the more than 177,000 legal voters to get this notice and it shows the incompetence of the secretary in administering our elections. How many more active voters were included in her massive purge of voters?"


This is just cruel. Instead of producing more voter registration cards--They devoted their resources to voter purge mail-outs. 250,000 - 600,000 unregistered voters multiplied by this 177,000 voter purge is huge when you consider that New Mexico, in 2011, had only 1,427,493 people who were eligible to register to vote.

Don't let a solid blue state fall into GOP hands!

Wrote a blog on it with all the sources at http://derekstevens01.blogspot.com/2012/08/help-sudden-new-mexico-voter-purge.html

If you are registered in New Mexico: Go to https://voterview.state.nm.us/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do

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dsteve01 Aug 2012 OP
dsteve01 Aug 2012 #1
rucky Aug 2012 #2
Purrfessor Aug 2012 #10
hedgehog Aug 2012 #3
Dustin DeWinde Aug 2012 #8
marked50 Aug 2012 #4
dsteve01 Aug 2012 #5
dsteve01 Aug 2012 #6
marked50 Aug 2012 #7
dsteve01 Aug 2012 #9

Response to dsteve01 (Original post)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 01:26 PM

1. Anybody out there

Know where they are getting their 'purge' lists? Are they old DMV records from a 3rd party?

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Response to dsteve01 (Original post)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 01:30 PM

2. I just checked for mine in Ohio and it looks like I've been purged

haven't missed an election since I moved here

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Response to rucky (Reply #2)

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 05:56 PM

10. Could not find mine in Ohio either

until I noticed that only the name of the street is required. When I used only the street name and removed "Lane" my registration status was listed correctly. Do not use Street, Lane, Avenue, etc. Just the street name.

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Response to dsteve01 (Original post)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 01:52 PM

3. New Yorkers, you can check your status here:

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Response to hedgehog (Reply #3)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 08:29 PM

8. no voter purges in the empire state

We New Yorkers are smart enough not to have a single republican in any statewide office

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Response to dsteve01 (Original post)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 04:39 PM

4. Corrected New Mexico voter link

The above link for checking registration in NM is slightly in error. The following should work (the other just missing the s in https) but you might have to do a cut and paste to get there as there appears to be something in posting software that scrubs the s out if you direct link from the post

"https://voterview.state.nm.us/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do"

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Response to marked50 (Reply #4)

Sat Aug 11, 2012, 09:40 PM

5. Yeah

I can't change it. Tried updating it, but was a no go.
Weird.

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Response to marked50 (Reply #4)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 02:35 PM

6. Question: How

can I avoid giving out bad links in the future?

Do I need to surround my links in quotations? I just want to be pro.
Thanks!

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Response to dsteve01 (Reply #6)

Sun Aug 12, 2012, 05:50 PM

7. Can't tell you how to avoid

what happened. I did a cut and paste from the link at nmgov like you probably did but when it posted on the message it stripped out the s too. I then tested the link by clicking on it and realized the difference when it too didn't work. It appears that any posting with a link to a "secure" web page like a "https" vs "http" won't work in posts (or is changed when one extracts the web link in the first place). The only suggestion I have is to test the link and if it doesn't work as planned then put it into the quotes, like I did, and tell people to just cut and paste into their browser. By the way, I checked my and my wifes status in NM and we are still listed as "active". Thanks for the heads up on this one.

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Response to marked50 (Reply #7)

Mon Aug 13, 2012, 03:12 PM

9. interesting...

I'll make sure to surround my urls in quotations in the future.

Glad to be assistance btw

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