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New Mexico officials are poster children for voter ID

“There is perhaps no other city in the country like Sunland Park, N.M.,” according to Fox News.

“The dusty border town minutes from El Paso, Texas, has been called ‘a city in chaos’ by the state auditor, because a slew of public officials are facing felony charges that they ran City Hall like a personal piggy bank, tried to steal an election in order to remain in power and ruled the 14,000 residents through intimidation and fear,” the report states.

While the news reports suggest Sunland Park is a den of corruption, there should be a major push for voter identification in Sunland Park and the rest of the United States.

So far, 12 people, most of them public officials, have been indicted, including the mayor-elect, one Daniel Salinas.

Among the allegations are charges that city workers registered people who did not live in New Mexico, but convinced them to vote for the mayor-elect. Also allegations include absentee ballot applications were fraudulently intercepted by the city clerk to diminish the number of votes Salinas’ opponents would receive.

“They pressured the poor, old people, the people who don’t know English,” said mayoral candidate opposing Salinas Gerardo Hernandez.

Yes, I know that’s New Mexico.

However, Florida is in a similar position. “The questions about voter eligibility surfaced as the state continues its months-long efforts to scrub the rolls, including asking supervisors to remove more than 53,000 dead people discovered by comparing voter rolls to federal Social Security files,” a report states. “... the list of more than 2,600 people who have been identified as being in Florida legally but ineligible to vote. That list was sent to supervisors recently, but state officials have also said there may be as many as 182,000 registered voters who may not be citizens.”

Now, if Florida and New Mexico are “scrubbing” the voter eligibility files, why is Minnesota not doing the same?

—Keith Hansen

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