Early voting is underway and the Bernalillo County District Attorney’s Office and law enforcement community are working to prevent any unlawful interference with the election.
“Our goal is to reassure voters that we are dedicated to protecting democracy,” Bernalillo County District Attorney, Raúl Torrez said. “Voting is a constitutional right afforded to all citizens and my office will do everything in its power to ensure that voters can exercise their right without fear of intimidation.”
In order to promote a free, fair and safe election, the District Attorney’s Office is conducting virtual training for local law enforcement officers on specific crimes and penalties outlined in New Mexico’s election code. In addition, the District Attorney’s Office has set up a special, dedicated hotline to provide legal guidance for election officials or officers who identify disruption, obstruction or voter intimidation at the polls.
“We’re prepared to prosecute anyone who attempts to undermine our nation’s democratic process,” Torrez said. “Everyone, regardless of their political affiliations and views, deserves to have their voice heard by casting their ballot.”
Voters are encouraged to call 866-Our-Vote if they encounter any issues while voting.
For more information on crimes and penalties under the New Mexico Election Code visit: https://berncoda.com/integrity-of-election/.