...Are raising a hell of a racket in Santa Fe during the Lege session, over the refusal of the NM House Dims to move a bill that would require photo ID for all NM voters. The bulk of the effort comes from the solidly Texan part of the state, south of Socorro. NMFBIHoP reports.
The Puckers have again raised their favorite straw-man and marched forth into battle behind the banner of "voter fraud." There have been exactly three verified cases of 'voter fraud' in NM since anybody bothered to start counting. I heard one of their number complaining on a radio report from the Roundhouse (our State-house) of someone somewhere (details? crickets!) alleged to have registered as both a male and a female, in order to contribute one more vote to some Dim incumbent.
The Dims, quite sensibly, respond that the problem is not voter fraud but official intimidation and abuse to deny the elderly, many Natives, and others of the right to exercise the franchise without interference.
It looks like the Dims--which control both Houses of the NM Lege--are gonna win on this one. Maybe, though, the same-day voter-registration proposal is gonna fail.
Mebbe, too, they'll win on eliminating the death penalty, and in gaining recognition for domestic partnerships. The Gub's said he might sign off on both measures if they get to him. There's less than two weeks for that to happen.
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