ACLU sues New Mexico for records after claims of foreign nationals voting in 2010 surface
The American Civil Liberties Union of New Mexico sued Secretary of State Dianna Duran Wednesday in the Second Judicial Court of New Mexico, alleging that she violated the state’s public records law in claiming “executive privilege” by concealing documents related to her claims of voter fraud.
Duran announced that 37 foreign nationals had voted in New Mexico elections, 117 foreign nationals were registered to vote, and there were up to 64,000 cases of possible voter fraud in the 2010 elections. However, she did not offer evidence to back up these claims. ACLU-NM, Heath Haussamen of NMpolitics.net, and several others filed public records requests for the documents.
“These sorts of hit-and-run allegations are reckless and irresponsible,” said ACLU-NM Executive Director Peter Simonson. “Without offering any proof, the Secretary of State has undermined the public’s confidence in our elections system while hiding the evidence for her claims behind the cloak of executive privilege.”