Regional
7:20 pm
Thu November 17, 2011

State Report: 19 Non-Citizens May Have Voted In NM

SANTA FE, N.M. – Secretary of State Dianna Duran says a preliminary review of New Mexico's election records indicates about 100 non-citizens may have registered to vote and 19 of those have cast ballots.

Duran issued a report Thursday on her findings, and said the cases of 104 registered voters have been sent to the attorney general's office for additional investigation. The report said it's not certain in all cases that the individuals are non-citizens, who under the law are ineligible to vote.

The secretary of state's office has been comparing information in voter registration files with Social Security and driver's license information. New Mexico allows foreign nationals, including those living in the U.S. without legal permission, to obtain a driver's license.

About 1 million people are registered to vote in New Mexico.