Maggie Toulouse Oliver, NM Secretary of State
Air Dates: October 3-5, 2020
– This week's guest on REPORT FROM SANTA FE is New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver with the latest updates on the election, discussing absentee ballots, early voting, election security, how to get your sample ballot, and where and when you can vote. She gives details on accessing the Voter Information Portal on the Secretary of State's website where all the data voters need, such as registration info, absenteeapplications, ballot status, and sample ballots can be found at www.NMVote.org
Secretary Oliver counteracts some of the disinformation being disseminated on the nationallevel, providing statistics on the minuscule incidence of voter fraud ( you are more likely to behit by lightning than to experience voter fraud), the integrity of our Vote-by-Mail system (usedsuccessfully by the US Military since the Civil War and used by 5 states as their exclusive voting system), and the importance of Absentee Ballots for voting during the pandemic – so voters do not have to choose between their health or their right to vote.
Madame Secretary addresses the controversial topic of foreign interference in the elections and the protections in place to ensure our election security.Toulouse Oliver sits on the Government Coordinating Council for Election Infrastructure, a division of the Department of Homeland Security.
The Secretary of State's office has made changes to voting in Native American communities due to the deleterious effects of COVID-19. They have also expanded their Native language outreach to include more radio communication to expand Native American turnout.
Maggie Toulouse Oliver is New Mexico’s 26th Secretary of State. She has served the peopleof New Mexico in this role since first being elected in 2016. She was first appointed to publicoffice in 2007 when she became County Clerk in New Mexico’s largest county, BernalilloCounty. Elected to her first full term in 2008, Secretary Toulouse Oliver served 2 1/2 terms asCounty Clerk until she was elected as Secretary of State in 2016. In addition to her electedposition in New Mexico, Secretary Toulouse Oliver is the President of the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS) and has previously served NASS as President-Elect, Treasurer, and chair of the elections committee.