HB 4 makes radical changes to New Mexico election law, but RPNM offers ways for voters to get involved and offset the vulnerabilities created by this bill.
On Wednesday, the progressive voting bill, HB 4, passed the Senate floor and will be heading to the Governor’s desk to be signed into law after a concurrence vote in the New Mexico House of Representatives.
The Republican Party of New Mexico opposes this legislation that creates a permanent absentee ballot system that, once opted into, will mail out ballots for every election without being requested, sets up automatic voter registration without consent, mandates drop boxes in every county, and restores the voting rights to felons who have not completed their parole. RPNM hopes the passing of HB 4 will engage voters to take action in their local communities to protect the security and integrity of New Mexico elections.
RPNM Second Vice Chair and Executive Director (North) Leticia Munoz issued the following statement:
“I know voters feel discouraged by the passing of HB 4 and, frankly, the passing of many other bills this session that will harm our children, small businesses, and private healthcare. We cannot sit on the sidelines and lament. Now is an opportunity for Republicans and voters who aren’t happy with New Mexico’s direction to act.
At RPNM, our focus continues to be having meaningful conversations with New Mexicans through our Voter Resource Team, getting volunteers equipped for voter registration outreach at their local churches, gun shops and schools, door knocking, getting people out to vote early and on election day, and ensuring we have Republicans as poll workers and poll challengers.
We urge concerned voters to contact RPNM so our Voter Resource Team can empower them with the tools needed to promote election integrity and outreach in their community. If enough people get involved, we can not only offset any ill intent within this bill; we can overcome it.”