STATEMENT: Duran Once Again Making Claims the Facts Don't Support
17 November 2011
Dianna Duran Months-Long Witch-Hunt Finally Comes to an End
Despite Past Claims, Duran Uncovers No Concrete Evidence of Voter Fraud
For Immediate Release Contact: Scott Forrester
November 17, 2011 (505) 934-5681
Albuquerque, NM - The following is a statement from Scott Forrester, Executive Director of the Democratic Party of New Mexico:
"We expect every person in New Mexico to follow the law. Voting registration requirements exist for a reason, and it is the Secretary of State's job to see that they are met. But it is a different thing entirely to go out of your way to implement voter supression policies that intimidate and keep legal citizens from voting. That's exactly what Secretary Duran is doing, and she has crossed the line.
When she should be doing everything in her power to extend access to the polls and make it easier for all those who meet the requirements to participate in our democracy, Duran has wasted countless hours and manpower on nothing more than a witch-hunt deliberately concocted to make sure fewer people vote. Now, months later, the investigation has turned up basically nothing, and she can't even say for sure what she did or did not find - 19 people out of 1 million registered voters who may or may not have actually done anything wrong? Here we go again, Dianna Duran is making even more claims without any facts to back them up.
The act of voting in this country is our most sacred value. It's how our voices are heard, it's why our system has worked for centuries. To mess with that is unacceptable."