End politics at office of Secretary of State - Albuquerque Journal

End politics at office of Secretary of State

I am running to be New Mexico’s Secretary of State to serve all New Mexicans, no matter of party affiliation. Both Republicans and Democrats have demonstrated they will place their party over the people. There is no clearer example of that than the current secretary of state’s effort to return straight-party voting to New Mexico despite clear direction from the Legislature that she lacks the authority to do so.

If we are going to move our state forward and take away improprieties in our elections, we must remove any perception of wrongdoing and self-serving one party over another.

I will champion open and free elections without disparities…

(Straight-party voting) will disenfranchise 53.25 percent of the electorate just in Bernalillo County which is made up of Republicans, Decline to State and Other. The Democratic Party has 46.75 percent of the electorate, the Republican Party has 29.99 percent, DTS has 19.24 percent, and Other has 4.01 percent. It is clear that all others will be in a disproportionate situation to the Democrats

As the office stands now, it is purely administrative and holds no legislative powers. As your next secretary of state, we should not allow the SOS to sidestep the law to make rules, such as straight-party voting.

Our goal in New Mexico should be to increase voter turnout and voter participation. As your Libertarian candidate, I can promise that we will do things differently than the same old status quo Republican or Democrat party politics at the Secretary of State’s Office. It is time that we have secretary of state who will work to protect the voters in our towns, on our reservations and across rural New Mexico regardless of the letter behind their name.

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