The postcards by the Secretary of State’s office that Dianna Duran said are designed to clean the voter rolls of inactive voters and those who have moved are reaching at least some who do not fit either definition. And those who have received them say they are confusing. The mailers say in bold letters, “Confirmation of Voter Registration” and, “Please detach complete and return this postcard no later than Oct 9, 2012.” In smaller letters below, the postcard says: If this card is not returned and you do not vote in any election from the date of this notice through the November, 2014 general election, your name will be removed from the voter registration list. And the postcards are causing confusion over whether or not the recipients have to reply to the postcards to be eligible to vote.
Voters do not, but one Democratic State Representative whose wife receives the letter says that the mailers are poorly designed and it is unclear to those who receive the postcards what they are for. Rep. Brian Egolf, D-Santa Fe, announced that his wife received the postcard on Twitter today. In a short phone interview, Egolf said that it was not immediately clear what the postcard was for or that it pertained to the “fundamental right to cast a ballot.” Egolf compared it to mailers from auto insurance companies or junk mail that everyone receives in the mail.