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Popular vote disenfranchises New Mexico


To the editor: I’m going to get right to the point, if you’re a NM voter then you’ve been disenfranchised. How?

The recent NM Legislature passed House Bill 55, Agreement to Elect President by Popular Vote. Virtually every single southern NM Democrat from Las Cruces/Doña Ana County voted for it.

And with this vote, they acted to “disenfranchise” the voters of NM.

HB55 is part of a national scheme based on the national popular vote to subvert the Electoral College. If NM votes for one candidate, but the popular vote is different, our electoral votes are given away to the popular vote winner. A short explanation the “I Voted” sticker should have read “You’ve been Punked!”

against this scheme is that less populous states such as ours need the Electoral College. In fact, the Electoral College was explicitly included in the Constitution based on the insistence of small states that did not want their power diluted. A former federal judge recently stated that small states particularly would have to be crazy to give their votes away in this effort.

The national popular vote will probably never pass judicial scrutiny, but I think I know why these legislators acted so irrationally. It’s because they don’t like the president, and still can’t respect the outcome of the last election. Irony has no bounds.

Now, for the fun part.

To help challengers to these legislators, I have created a campaign slogan out of many possibilities (GOP please take note): “Bringing your vote back from New York City!”

You remember those “I voted stickers” they give you after you vote?

For the beating that New Mexico voters suffered from this year’s Legislature,

Richard Reynaud Las Cruces


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William Beerman

Bogus Ballots

Thank you Richard.

The issue you raise isn't our only election problem.

Regarding the recent mail-in election on the Las Cruces bond issue, the Doña Ana County Clerk’s office reported that 8,656 of 60,500 ballots mailed out, or 14.3 percent, were returned by the post office as undeliverable. Several posters on Facebook said they received ballots at their homes for former residents — one said she got a dozen ballots at her home -- LC Sun-News August 23, 2018

I have heard nothing more about what has been done about these bogus ballots and the bad management of the voting apparatus, yet the people in power now want to implement same-day registration. If they can't manage the registration records within normal timeframes, how can they do it with same-day registration.

It is amazing that such a blatant problem with our elections is getting little attention.

Monday, August 12, 2019