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Fronteras Episode 20- Maria Perez, Co-Director of Democracy Rising

Oct 5, 2021

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver

SANTA FE, N.M.  — New Mexico election regulators are delaying the initial nomination process for congressional and state legislative candidates for as long as three months to allow more time for the political redistricting process.

The first step toward running for public office is to gather signatures on petition forms from registered voters. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced Tuesday that petition forms will be available only for candidates aspiring to statewide office on Oct. 1.

Updated at 4 a.m. ET

Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' victory early on Thursday, the end of a long day and night marked by chaos and violence in Washington, D.C. Extremists emboldened by President Trump had sought to thwart the peaceful transfer of power that has been a hallmark of modern American history by staging a violent insurrection inside the U.S. Capitol.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s top elections official is urging a federal court to dismiss a challenge by President Donald Trump of absentee voting procedures for ballot drop boxes. She also wants Trump’s campaign to be sanctioned for pursuing meritless litigation. The response from Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver comes as Congress on Wednesday holds a join session to count electoral votes. The usually routine step in the path toward inauguration could drag on as some Republicans plan to challenge Biden’s victory in at least six states. Biden won New Mexico by about a margin of roughly 11%. U.S. Sen. Ben Ray Luján expects the election challenge from Trump allies to “fail in a bipartisan way.”

  President Donald Trump put forth a dizzying array of fuzzy accounting and outright false claims in an extraordinary phone call to Georgia's secretary of state seeking a reversal of his election defeat, fabricating a slew of votes that he said should've been counted in his favor.

In the hourlong conversation Saturday with Georgia’s secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, Trump suggested that the Republican “find” enough votes to hand Trump the victory.

Yvette Herrell /

  ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep.-elect Yvette Herrell of New Mexico says she’ll be among Republican members of Congress who will formally object on Wednesday to the certification of the Electoral College tally of votes. The Roswell Daily Record reports that Herrell said Thursday on her Facebook page that she would vote against certifying the Electoral College results in which President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump. Herrell is set to be sworn into office on Sunday, three days before House and Senate hold a joint session to certify the vote results. Trump has attributed his defeat to widespread voter fraud, despite nonpartisan election officials saying there wasn’t any.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas has cast its 38 Electoral College votes for President Donald Trump.

The meeting of electors in the Texas House on Monday came days after the U.S. Supreme Court rejected a lawsuit led by the state’s Republican attorney general to overturn Joe Biden’s victory.

Trump carried America’s biggest red state with 52% of the vote in November. That’s the thinnest winning margin by a Republican presidential candidate in Texas since 1996.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Five New Mexico electors have cast their votes for Joe Biden to formalize the Democratic candidate’s victory in the state's presidential vote.

The electors wore face masks as a precaution against the coronavirus as they met Monday inside a Statehouse committee room.

Biden won the statewide popular vote by a margin of nearly 11 percentage points over President Donald Trump. The last time New Mexico sided with a Republican presidential candidate was for the 2004 reelection of George W. Bush.

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state canvassing board has certified Joe Biden's win in New Mexico, delivering the state's five electoral votes to the Democrat. Approval came Tuesday as the board met remotely amid the surging pandemic.

Biden’s victory without a campaign visit to New Mexico extended a string of victories for his party in a state where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by 14 percentage points. However, Biden's margin of victory fell short of that margin because of significant Republican turnout in some parts of the state.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's flailing attempt to cling to office after voters decisively chose to oust him has taken the country into a dark and fictional place.

According to falsehoods being told on his behalf and embraced by him, the U.S. election was manipulated by scheming from a dead Venezuelan strongman, by a computer system capable of flipping Trump votes to Joe Biden ones across the country, and by something weird happening in Germany. If that's not enough, the communists are coming.

None of this happened. None of it is true.

LAS CRUCES, NM – Three precincts in Doña Ana County were randomly selected by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office to be included in a required post-election system check, which is one of many audits conducted to ensure accuracy in the voting process. The office is scheduled to begin the check on Monday, November 23, at 9:00 am at 2480 Lakeside Dr., Las Cruces, NM.

The three precincts are 31, 33, and 112. To view a map of all precincts in the Doña Ana County area, please go to

Las Cruces Area College Democrats And Republicans Look To The Future Following Election

Nov 17, 2020

College Democrats and Republicans are looking to the future following this month's election.  

Isaiah Torres of the New Mexico State University College Democrats says he's encouraged by the increase in voter turnout and President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

“This just really shows that Americans now really do care about politics and how politics can play in their lives and I have a lot of expectations from the Biden- Kamala Harris administration.”

President Donald Trump acknowledged Biden's victory in a tweet, saying quote "he won," but Trump refuses to concede.

Dwight Kealy

Following each Presidential election, the media talks about "red" and "blue" states.  But in most cases, that's highly misleading.  

Yes, it's true that the electoral college system generally allocates all electoral votes to the candidate who wins a state's popular vote (Maine and Nebraska also allocate electoral votes by individual Congressional districts).  But it's hardly accurate to call a state "red" or "blue" when the winning candidate captures 51 percent of the electorate.

Moreover, calling a state "red" or "blue" associates that state with Republican or Democratic policies.  So, what to make of Florida?  About 51% of voters there chose Donald Trump for President. But 61% voted for a $15 minimum wage, a policy almost universally derided by Republican politicians.

HOUSTON (AP) — A conservative group has dropped its voter fraud lawsuits in four states days after the group’s leader made baseless allegations questioning the integrity of the election.

Lawyers for True the Vote filed notices to dismiss their cases in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on Monday, less than a week after suing in all four states.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to have acknowledged for the first time that Joe Biden won the White House election. But Trump is making clear he's not conceding and will keep trying to overturn the result. Trump’s statements come in tweets that include several baseless claims about the Nov. 3 election, which state and federal officials say was safe and secure. Without using Biden's name, Trump tweets that “he won,” something Trump hasn't said before publicly. But Trump says the Democrat’s victory was only “in the eyes” of the media. There has been no widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Election officials from both political parties have stated publicly that the election went well and international observers confirmed there were no serious irregularities.

Facebook / White House

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rebelled this past week against Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election with denial, delay and outright misrepresentation. Trump raged about widespread cases of fake ballots that aren't so and undertook legal challenges that even state GOP election officials say can't overcome Biden’s lead.

As the coronavirus surged nationwide, Trump said little about public safety measures. Instead he tried to take full credit for drugmaker Pfizer Inc.’s news that its COVID-19 vaccine may be 90% effective and suggested the mission was basically done.

His assertions on both matters are untrue.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, just after the presidential race was called for Biden, hundreds turned up on the steps of the state’s capital for a rally against election results--though there has not yet been evidence of fraud. And a quick content warning: This story contains antagonism based in transphobia.  

  WASHINGTON (AP) — The most direct attempt to undermine the integrity of the U.S. election with bad information came not from overseas sources or online liars but from a president standing behind the presidential seal at the White House and facing his defeat.

In the hours before his election loss Saturday, President Donald Trump spoke of “horror stories” in voting and counting across the land, but his stories were wrong. Election officials, Democrats and some Republicans blanched at his baseless recitation of sinister doings and his effort to delegitimize democracy's highest calling.

But he did not stop even after Pennsylvania delivered the presidency to Democrat Joe Biden.

Yvette Herrell (left) and Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small (right)

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top-ranked Democrat offered assurances Friday that legislative districts will be redrawn in a “fair, open, and transparent process” as the Legislature initiates the redistricting process. New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf made the remarks on Friday amid criticism for earlier remarks about redrawing the 2nd Congressional District after the defeat of the district's incumbent Democratic congresswoman. Democrats retained substantial majorities in the Legislature in Tuesday’s election. The election was the last before U.S. House and state legislative districts across the nation must be redrawn to balance the number of residents based on the 2020 census.

This week, Newsmakers features Nate Hegyi from the Mountain West News Bureau to talk about his podcast "Facing West: Across the Great Divide" and the 900-mile bicycle trek he took in August and September, 2020.


  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than 800 mail ballots were found in Texas mail processing facilities and delivered to county election officials between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the U.S. Postal Service. According to the document submitted by USPS on Wednesday, 815 ballots were found across the state between the two sweeps and transported to county election facilities. Only two ballots in the Wichita Falls area were marked for overnight transport “due to travel time.” USPS did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press on whether those two ballots had arrived in time to be counted. 



  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading state lawmakers are laying plans for the next legislative session in January after an election that ushered in a new slate of progressive Democrats to the state Senate. A meeting of House and Senate leaders with legal counsel is scheduled Friday as the Legislature initiates the process of redrawing legislative district boundaries and discusses the executive powers that the governor commands in response to the coronavirus. Democrats retained substantial majorities in the Legislature in Tuesday’s election. At the same time, several conservative-leaning Democrats won’t return to the state Senate next year after primary election losses, including the Senate president and gatekeepers for tax policy and state spending decisions.

Harold Pope, Jr.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Tuesday's election is transforming the New Mexico Legislature to look more like the population it represents. Residents on the outskirts of Albuquerque are choosing an African American senator for the first time in New Mexico's 108-year history as a state. Retired Air Force Captain Harold Pope Jr. says he didn't make his campaign about race, but he is proud to break the barrier. He says he hopes to be a role model for young people of color. Pope is joined be two recently elected openly LGBT senators, bringing the total to four. In the House, a majority of representatives will be women for the first time.

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing “horror stories,” President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabricated accusations Thursday in an audacious attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. election.

Standing behind the presidential seal, Trump used a White House setting symbolizing the power of his office to assail an election he portrayed as rife with fraud and corruption. One allegation after another had no basis in fact, such as his accusation that election officials in Pennsylvania and Detroit tried to ban election observers from polling stations.

Yvette Herrell (left) and Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small (right)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after Republicans won back New Mexico's only conservative-leaning congressional district, a top state Democrat says its boundaries will be redrawn.

House Speaker Brian Egolf has suggested there could be implications for Republicans holding on to the seat. The redistricting process this time will be guided by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Democrats also dominate the state Supreme Court, which could decide any legal disputes. Political experts have said there’s more temptation to pass a partisan plan when the executive and legislative branches are held by the same party.

Republicans say Egolf's focus should instead be on addressing the state's problems.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, New Mexico made history by electing its first U.S. House delegation composed of all women of color. Yvette Herrell, Teresa Leger Fernandez and Deb Haaland also make up the largest ever all-woman House delegation to Congress.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats have expanded their control of the New Mexico Legislature, giving momentum to progressive priorities on recreational marijuana, education and abortion rights. But Republicans reclaimed a conservative-leaning congressional district in southern New Mexico and fended off some progressive Democrats who had unseated centrists in legislative primaries. Democrats successfully defended legislative majorities in the state House and Senate, and women expanded their political representation in both chambers. Three Senate races and five House races are still undecided. County election boards are wrapping up counts Wednesday of a few thousand outstanding absentee and provisional ballots.

Republican Isabella Solis was defeated by incumbent Democrat Joanne Ferrary.  Solis spoke about her experience talking to voters on the campaign trail.


“I’ve had some really good interactions,” Solis said. “Of course, you know, kind of socially distancing, but it was a really good communication. People were concerned about the, you know, the pandemic of course, but they were also concerned about their students getting back to school. Education seemed to be the biggest thing that people were concerned, and then the other was the social security for the elderly, or for the seniors, that double tax on social security was another big topic."


She also shared her hopes for the state to reopen and recover from the pandemic, emphasizing she does not want to be guided by fear. 


“We cannot lead our country or our state by fear, and sooner or later we're going to have to get back to normal," Solis said. "And I think that people are really looking for that normality. You know, they get really anxious, to be able to gather and just be with their families." 


Doña Ana County Voter Turnout Surpasses 82,500

Nov 4, 2020

LAS CRUCES, NM – Doña Ana County’s total general election turnout surpassed 82,500 voters with a little more than 40,000 early in-person voters, a little more than 27,500 absentee voters, and almost 15,000 voters who cast ballots on Election Day. The county is home to a little less than 129,000 registered voters.

“The turnout in this election, occurring in the midst of a pandemic, represents such an incredible demonstration of community and civic duty,” Chief Deputy Clerk Lindsey Bachman said. “I am equally inspired by the hundreds of voters that stepped forward to serve as poll workers on the frontlines of democracy, and I am incredibly grateful to the men and women of the County Clerk’s Office for their dedication and determination to see that this election was successfully administered.”