September 8, 2004
U.S. Attorney Establishes Voter Fraud Task Force
The Associated Press
The U.S. attorney is setting up a nonpartisan voter fraud task force to investigate complaints about election fairness around the state.
"This task force will vigorously enforce all election laws and ensure that the right to vote is absolutely protected," he said.
David Iglesias said Tuesday the group will include members from his office, the U.S. Department of Justice Criminal Division, the FBI, the state Department of Public Safety and the secretary of state.
On Tuesday, state District Judge Robert Thompson rejected an effort to require county clerks to require any new voters who hadn't registered with a county clerk to show ID at the polls.
That would have affected tens of thousands of new voters who have registered through various registration drives throughout New Mexico.
Several plaintiffs, most of them Republicans, had sued based on legislation that became effective in July 2003 that they believed required anyone who didn't register with a county clerk to produce identification when registering or at the polls. The secretary of state's office contended the requirement applied to people who register by mail.