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Duran Turns Over 64,000 Cases of Possible Voter Fraud to Dept. of Public Safety for Investigation

New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran has identified what she says are 64,000 cases of possible voter fraud — a number that represents more than 10 percent of the people who voted in the 2010 general election in New Mexico.

The Santa Fe New Mexican reports the huge number is raising questions about whether it is prudent of Duran to ask the Department of Public Safety to investigate so many cases.

Santa Fe County Chief Deputy Clerk Denise Lamb says she suspects there is a list-management problem rather than a voting-fraud problem in the state. University of New Mexico political science professor Lonna Atkeson questioned why Duran didn’t first take the discrepancies to county clerks.

Duran’s office admits some of the cases could turn out to be clerical errors.