What I’m saying is, like, they recently moved, like it was a college student or something, they’re still in that same area…
Pat Morlen, Vice Chair of the Sandova County Republican Party: They can vote provisional, that’s all, they cannot vote regular.
FACT: When someone changes addresses within the same voting precinct they will receive a REGULAR ballot
Progress Now New Mexico goes into interesting detail about just how much Morlen got wrong in her lecture, and links to a Nation piece in which reporter Lee Fang asks NM Congressman Steve Pearce about the likelihood of this causing confusion at the polls. The Republican lawmakers response?
It all comes down to judges and all that stuff—that’s sort of out of my area.
Aw shucks, folks, Pearce is jes’ a down-home boy. He don’t cotton to high-falutin’ talk about “access to the vote” and long words like “disenfranchisement” and “suppression.”
Of course confusion is likely to result from people showing up and challenging voters at the polls using inaccurate information. That’s the idea. The more citizens – especially dark-skinned citizens -- the Republicans can intimidate or frustrate into leaving the polls without voting, the better for the GOP candidate.
How blatant does the Republican Party have to be about voter suppression before there's a significant outcry against this attack on a right people have died to exercise? Are we really in the process of rethinking this whole, "one citizen, one vote" thing?