King Starts Voter Suppression Probe

Oct 10, 2012

New Mexico Attorney General Gary King says he's launched an investigation into allegations of potential voter suppression.

King spokesman Phil Sisneros said Wednesday the allegations stem from poll challenger training last month by an Albuquerque-area Republican official.

A Democratic-leaning political group last week released a secretly taped video of the training session, which included misinformation about voter identification requirements and provisional ballots that the group said could be used to discourage people from casting ballots in the general election.

New Mexico doesn't require a photo ID to cast a ballot. Voters need only to state their name, address and birth year at a polling place. A physical ID is required only if someone is a first-time voter and registered by mail without supplying certain identification.

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