NM AG office starts probe into 'voter suppression'

Posted at: 10/10/2012 6:57 AM
Updated at: 10/10/2012 8:04 AM
By: The Associated Press and KOB.com Staff

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he has launched an investigation into allegations of voter suppression.

King said Tuesday that his office has received a number of complaints about efforts to discourage some state residents from voting.

Last week, a Democratic-leaning political group criticized poll challenger training by an Albuquerque-area Republican official, saying there was misinformation about voter identification requirements and provisional ballots that could be used to suppress turnout in the general election.

“I will not tolerate voter suppression efforts by anyone, period,” King said in a release.  “We have received a number of complaints since last Friday that there seems to be a concerted effort afoot to discourage some New Mexicans from exercising their right to vote this November. My office is committed to helping ensure fair elections by working to put an immediate stop to such misinformation and publically correcting what has already been disseminated.”

New Mexico doesn't require a photo ID to cast a ballot. Voters need only to state their name, address and birth year at a polling place.

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