In voting rights news, Democrats are accusing the Republican secretary of state in New Mexico of attempting to purge more than 177,000 voters from the state’s voter rolls. Postcards were recently sent to the voters saying they had to verify their voting status in order to remain active. Voters targeted included the wife of a Democratic state representative, as well as Diane Wood, the voting rights director for Common Cause New Mexico. Wood, who has been an active voter since 1971, criticized the actions of New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran.
Diane Wood: “I’m just shocked that I took my job to fight for other people’s right to get their vote counted, and now I’m having to fight for my own. And I just don’t know why Secretary Duran is doing this to people, trying to take our vote away.”