If you haven’t voted in the last two major elections and still want to be a registered voter, you may want to make a visit or call the county clerk’s office before the next election. According to County Clerk Rosalie Riley, the clerk’s office was instructed by Gov. Susana Martinez to remove from its list any voters who have not recently participated in an election. “It was mandatory by the state,” Riley said. “We had 3,230 names on our list to purge, and we’ve only had eight on that list who were saved.” The list, according to Riley, came from New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran.
Riley said once the clerk’s office was notified of the purge, a committee was formed to contact everyone on the list before any names were removed.
Election specialist Amber Roberts said the committee called each person on the list one by one after notification letters were sent from Duran’s office. Duran, Roberts said, is the only person in New Mexico that can authorize a purge.
Roberts said if voters had not voted since August 2012, they were on the purge list.
“A majority of them had either moved or changed their phone number and couldn’t be contacted,” Roberts said.