Count every vote

Last night, Clearly New Mexico hosted our second virtual forum. The topic for the evening was election protection – the importance of which cannot be overstated.

Go here to check out both parts of the video.

Joining me for the hour-long program were Katy Duhigg and Steve Allen of Common Cause New Mexico. Steve and Katy have been hard at work over the past couple of moths developing Common Cause’s new, permanent election protection infrastructure right here in New Mexico.

You can read more about the new program, called Count Every Vote New Mexico here.

Why a permanent infrastructure here in New Mexico?

As we know, New Mexico gets quite a lot of national attention every four years. One aspect of that attention is on the legal front. Attorneys and legal experts, often based in Washington, D.C. or New York, offer over-the-phone help and advice for voters when problems arise.

This has been helpful, to be sure.

Problem is, once the election is over, there may be a report about specific findings, or perhaps some discussions about problems that came up.

However, what’s been missing is a coordinated advocacy effort to build and maintain relationships with elected officials and election administrators.
The value of building and maintaining these important relationships is that once the election is over, Common Cause’s cadre of legal experts, staff and volunteers – all locally based in our state – will be able to work with decision makers to implement needed reforms.

They’ll also have the benefit of cumulative knowledge, over time, which will allow the program to be both strategic and efficient in making sure every vote counts in New Mexico.

So, if you have questions about your registration, your absentee ballot, the location of your polling place, or you want to know the full extent of your voting rights, simply visit counteveryvotenm.org. You can also call 866-OUR-VOTE, or the Spanish language version at 888-VE-Y-VOTA.

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