Viki Harrison Executive Director, Common Cause New Mexico Ph: 505.323.6399 firstname.lastname@example.org
on April 10, 2015
Today Governor Susana Martinez signed the Online Voter Registration Bill, SB 643 sponsored by Senator Lisa Torraco (R-Bernalillo). This has been a long time priority for Common Cause New Mexico as well as our numerous partner organizations we work with in our Election Administration Coalition. We so appreciate the hard work so many folks put into making this a reality, and a special thanks to Governor Martinez for signing it!
Online Voter Registration modernizes our Election System for all New Mexicans: The traditional voter registration update methods are increasingly out-of-step with 21st century advancements. This antiquated system – largely unchanged since the 19th century – requires forms that are distributed by frontline state agencies, completed and checked by hand, and then mailed or delivered to other government offices for verification and processing. While there will always be a need for paper registration updates in certain instances, adding a paperless system adds a layer of access to voter registration for all New Mexicans.
Online Voter Registration Improves Access and Opportunity: Paperless registration allows states to reach many under-registered populations, like college students who have regular access to internet and are culturally comfortable conducting business online. Online registration offers more access for voters, in addition to state offices and voter registration agencies.
Online Voter Registration helps those New Mexicans who Move Each Year: Many New Mexicans move each and every year – allowing people to update and register online ensures more eligible New Mexicans will be able to cast their ballot in elections.
The bill passed the Senate 34-0, passed the House 64-0 and with the Governor’s signature today, we join at least 25 other states in offering online voter registration. The bills amended into Senator Torraco’s bill are:
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