Physical proof of identification not required to vote in New Mexico

Tuesday, October 9, 2012 - 12:31am

A video in New Mexico showing poll challengers being trained in Albuquerque with false voter law information is stirring some controversy from advocates saying this could affect the integrity of the election.

The video was released by ProgessNow New Mexico, a non-profit, non-partisan group, and shows a republican official instructing poll challengers physical identification must be presented if asked by two precinct board members of different political parties.

"People usually gives a driver's license or a voter identification card," said Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins about the requirements for voters at the polls. "If you don't have either of those you can give your full name, your year of birth and the address where you are registered to vote."

Ellins said at no point is a physical form of identification required and it's also not necessary when registering either.

"They don't need any identification in New Mexico because they swear in the registration documents they are telling the truth and if they are not it's a fourth degree felony," Ellins said.

After registering, voters will receive an identification card with a bar code on it and it's the simplest form of getting a ballot.

"With the new equipment that we have, with the new technology we scan the bar code and the ballot is immediately printed that is unique to where you reside and the candidates who you are entitled to vote for," Ellins said.

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That is real interesting. I moved to NM in 1990 and became a resident. I have been asked for my ID every time I've voted since then. And I haven't always lived in the same voting district or county and am still asked for my ID.

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