State Rep. Cathrynn Brown, reversing herself based on her constituents’ wishes, said Wednesday she will introduce a bill requiring identification to vote. Brown, R-Carlsbad, had said only two weeks ago that she would not offer a voter ID bill this session because it had no chance to pass. “I changed my mind after hearing from my constituents,” she said in an interview. “The prevailing view is that election integrity is too important not to do anything.”
In the last two legislative sessions, Brown and Rep. Dianne Hamilton, R-Silver City, tried without success to pass a law requiring government-issued identification to vote. Both said before the legislative session began that they would not try again this year, seeing the effort as futile.
Brown said she feels differently after talking to freshman legislators. She said they are as concerned as she is about elections being honest.