State Senate Minority Whip Bill Payne, R. Albuquerque, can envision a future where New Mexicans use their fingerprints to prove their identity in order to vote. In a Senate Memorial introduced Wednesday, Payne asks the secretary of state to study the advantages of using iris scans, thumbprints and other biometric measures to prevent potential voter fraud in state elections. “The state-of-the-art technology is here. Anyone who watches the NCIS TV drama series can tell you that modern technology is commonly used for authentication purposes,” Payne said in a statement.
“Could it make sense for voter ID in New Mexico? I am the asking that the benefits, feasibility, and the costs of implementing a voter ID system based on biometric measures be studied.”
Payne said the biometrics method would ensure that all voters can prove who they are without having to pay for a photo ID.