ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A voting rights activist and the wife of a Democratic state representative are among more than 177,000 New Mexico voters whose status has been deemed inactive.
The move is raising questions about the criteria being used by Republican Secretary of State Dianna Duran as she begins
a cleanup of voter rolls three months before the presidential elections.
Diane Wood, voting rights director for Common Cause New Mexico, says she was surprised to receive a post card this week asking her to verify her voting status because she has voted in every election since 1971.
State Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, said his wife got the same mailing even though she is a regular voter.
Wood says she is concerned the mailings will discourage voters from going to the polls in November.
Duran's office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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New Mexico is located in the southwestern region of the U.S. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, New Mexico has also been part of Imperial Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory.