At the intersection of St. Francis Drive and Cerrillos Road, a few dozen Santa Feans rallied Saturday in support of expanding and protecting voting rights.

Since the 2020 presidential election, 28 bills with voting restrictions, such as limiting absentee and mail ballots, identification requirements and banning same-day registration, are moving through 18 state legislatures, including Texas and Arizona, according to a study by the Brennan Center, a public policy institute.

“I think our democracy is under siege. We got within a hair’s breadth of an insurrection at the Capitol where they could have murdered senators. It’s important not to forget that,” said John House, president of the New Mexico branch of nationwide nonprofit RepresentUs.

“They’re trying to take away people’s voting right and make it hard to vote. We need federal legislation to override these state restrictions.”

To override state restrictions, Democrats are pushing for the federal For the People Act, which includes a host of reforms, including expanding automatic and same-day registration and voting by mail as well as independent redistricting commissions to carry out congressional redistricting instead of gerrymandering.

The For the People Act also would require the president, vice president and certain candidates for those offices to disclose 10 years of tax returns.

On Saturday, RepresentUs and the Santa Fe branch of national nonprofit Indivisible organized a demonstration at the intersection of St. Francis and Cerrillos, where signs called for statehood for the District of Columbia, filibuster reform and the John Lewis Voting Rights Act, which is named for the late congressman and would strengthen the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“After 2020, all these states like Georgia, Texas and Arizona in 2024 can just say they think the president is illegitimate,” said Leslie Lakind, who held a sign that read, “2020 was a dress rehearsal.” “It’s a terrifying precedent.”

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Michael Grimler

Someone, please educate me.

Admittedly, since I have a research may be lacking.

But, from what I can gather, only one US state (Arizona) required proof of US citizenship to vote. Even at that, the law requiring it is not enforced.

Please tell me how we, as a nation, can ensure that only US citizens vote in elections.

I'll wait.

Jim Klukkert

Whilst you wait, Michael Grimler, do some research on how many votes have been fraudulently cast in any recent election. If you can substantiate the claims so far widely seen to be false, that ineligible votes are being cast, you might make the case for increasing voter scrutiny.

So far, the very people charged with supervising our elections, Secretaries of State both Repbulican and Democrat, seem satisfied with the process.

Please don't return without credible citations from other than Alt-Right Faux News or the Daily Stormer.

joe martinez

Not all that clear Michael. It seems to be on the honor system. 10th circuit which includes NM decided that the threat isn't great enough to impose the documented proof of citizenship. Texas has found many thousands of non-citizens who have voted. All Democrat no doubt.

Jim Klukkert

Actually joe martinez, you are wrong, again. According to Business Insider in a piece by Ellen Cranley, February 16, 2019, after a misleading claim from Texas secretary of state David Whitley, that tens of thousands of non-citizens were registered to vote, Whitley reversed himself and apologized for his statement.

“Those figures have proven to be invalid, as outlets including the Texas Tribune found that tens of thousands of those counted were [actually] US citizens [and not foreign citizens].”

Of course the Liar-in-Chief, former “President Donald Trump seized on the news, using the numbers released as evidence of massive voter fraud.

"58,000 non-citizens voted in Texas, with 95,000 non-citizens registered to vote," Trump wrote. "These numbers are just the tip of the iceberg. All over the country, especially in California, voter fraud is rampant. Must be stopped. Strong voter ID!”

What a Fraud that man is. With friends like that Sr. martinez, you are really down on your luck.


Other collaborating sources are available, see the Texas Tribune, among others.

joe martinez

Business Insider, Dailey Beast, HuffPost, Texas Trib, The Wrap, Pravda.....what can i add?

Jim Klukkert

Sr. joe martinez- if you could rebut the fact that the Texas secretary of state David Whitley, apologized for alleging that thousands of illegal votes were cast, you would.

Because you cannot rebut my facts, you compare the Business Insider and the Texas Tribune to Pravda?

Wow joe, as I wrote earlier, you really are down on your luck.

joe martinez

The protestors will no doubt have a significant effect. I'm sure people are watching or reading this article. At the very least it might increase the Dem numbers in the city from about 75% to 78 of the total in any election. And it makes them feel good. Gives them a sense of validation in their search for wholesomeness? Nationwide, Rs have 27 gov positions and Ds have 23. 55% R legislative seats and 45% D . R full control of legislature in 30 states while Dem in 18. What's wrong with this picture? We should protest.

Jim Klukkert

Joe martinez, please do protest! I will drop by a dozen donuts, two for each of you in your crowd.

joe martinez

Actually it's a suggestion for the do-gooder-free-Tibet crowd in Santa Fe that searches for wholesomeness. BTW, Rs picked up 11 House seats last elections. Unfair. You should protest.

Jim Klukkert

Hey joe, yep, R's picked picked up a few seats, the Dem's picked up a crucial number of Senate seats, and the people bounce the little man out of White House onto his...

Sure Sr. martinez, seems fair enough to me. I'll join you to celebrate that!

And where can I get my free tibbets?

Cleve Spence

Liz Chaney is an outcast of the republican party for telling the truth. Trump lost the election there was no voter fraud! The insurrection against our Capital 6-Jan-2021 is a threat to our democracy! The republicans are still promoting the Big Lie...Truth does not matter!

Russell Scanlon

There IS no widespread “voter fraud”. There never HAS been widespread “voter fraud”. This is a fantasy perpetuated by an aging, out of touch, dinosaur of a political party that no longer can cling to power by dividing citizens against each other. If the GOP had confidence that it’s platform and message are widely accepted in this country why would they seek to disenfranchise voters? For the Republican Party to survive it MUST purge Trumpism from it’s system and become something more than a collection of crackpots and reactionaries. I consider myself a “liberal” but I think we would all welcome a Conservative party of substance and integrity. In fact, we desperately need it. Instead, we have Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Khal Spencer

I have a voter registration card. I brought it with me, along with my usual photo ID, when I voted last fall. The staff at the polls didn't even want to see any ID.

I've no problem with voter ID laws and ballot security as long as the process is straightforward and designed to affirm identity and make voting easy rather than suppress the vote. States that want voter ID should be helping people get voter ID cards or whatever it is they want. That said, I see no point in issuing documents if no one even wants to check them.

The current rush by red states to pass restrictive laws is obviously an attempt to get even with Democrats for winning the election. That is obvious, and deplorable.

arthur lynn

Voter ID is common sense !!!

Jim Klukkert

Arthur lynn- Common Sense is writing laws to address crime, and not to write laws to address crimes that are not being committed.

But I suspect you write this short and over-simplistic comment to distract from the real impacts of the Republican voter suppression laws being enacted. Voting hours, methods and locations are being reduced, application methods for mail and absentee balloting are made cumbersome and complicate, and so on in a burst of GOP creativity never before seen.

All of which we will once again struggle against, in a fight we will win.

joe martinez

Communists and fascists are damaging our system. We folks in the area are straight up objective and we insist on fairness. We don't tell it like we see it. We tell it like it really is.

Jim Klukkert

Keep talking like that Sr. martinez, and I may not buy your crowd donuts!

Michael Kiley

Voter suppression is GOP. The GOP does because the party cannot win any election with just the votes of people the GOP helps, one-five per cent. Democrats' list of programs for average persons runs volumes, like Social Security. The GOP knows it cannot win under legal voting. That is the alpha and omega of voter suppression. A big RICO trial is what the GOP needs. Now.

Russell Scanlon

Good solid citizens are getting exhausted from fighting fascists and bigots. But the answer is simple: Stop voting for Republicans until they the purge Trump from their system.

Rebecca Alvarez

We should be making it easier, not harder, to vote. Thank you to RepresentUs and John House for fighting the good fight.

Jim Klukkert

Voting Rights. Smoking Lights. Republicans don't worry that new voting restrictions will hurt the the GOP, at least in terms of the 2024 Presidential race.

Republican leadership has decided that once they have won the House of Representatives in the 2022 election, through gerrymandering, voter suppression and other fascist tools of the trade, they simply will refuse to certify any result of anyone but Donald Trump.

Who needs the votes of the People, when you have filled the House with your lackeys?

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