04/09/2020 | News release | Distributed by Public on 04/08/2020 22:23
The Democratic Party of New Mexico today filed a brief in Riddle v. Oliver in support of the 27 County Clerks who have requested that New Mexico's 2020 primary be held largely by mail in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The New Mexico Supreme Court ordered the Democratic Party to file a brief in response to the County Clerk proposal and in response to the Republican Party of New Mexico's brief. The Republican Party's position is that in person voting should remain the same as pre-pandemic times, endangering voters, election workers and public servants. DPNM is actively pushing back against their attempt to interfere with a bipartisan solution by making unsubstantiated claims about voter fraud.
The brief outlines the Democratic Party of New Mexico's position that in the midst of a global pandemic like COVID-19, mailing absentee ballots to all registered voters is the best way to protect the health and safety of poll workers and the general public while allowing access to the ballot for as many New Mexicans as possible.
Regardless of the outcome of the legal proceeding, voters can and should request an absentee ballotso that they receive their ballot in a timely manner.
'Election administrators from both parties have agreed that absentee balloting is the best way to make sure that our elections are accessible while preventing the spread of COVID-19, and we support them fully,' said DPNM Chair Marg Elliston. 'The Republican Party of New Mexico's interference in this lawsuit is a disingenuous and partisan attempt to disenfranchise voters and suppress turnout. As we face the unprecedented challenge of a global pandemic, they need to stop spreading misinformation and start prioritizing the health and safety of all New Mexicans.'