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Thursday, March 22, 2012

Inquiry into ABQ House Candidate Becomes Criminal

Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver tells ProgressNow NM that she has referred the case of GOP State House candidate Johnny Luevano to the Sheriff and a criminal investigation is underway.

On Tuesday, ProgressNow NM reported that Luevano had registered to vote and declared his candidacy for State House in a district where he did not live.  We shared the report with the County Clerk, and late yesterday received a response that she had turned over Luevano's voter registration card in question and requested the county sheriff initiate an investigation.

ProgressNowNM questioned whether Luevano could have legally registered to vote at a District 16 address where no certificate of occupancy had ever been issued.

"The law says you can only register to vote where you actually live or intend to return.  But, there was no house there for years, and a certificate of occupancy was only issued on March 14 - eight days after the deadline to establish residency for candidates for office.  You can't return to a place you never lived, and you sure shouldn't represent a neighborhood if you don't even know your way to the grocery store," says Pat Davis of ProgressNow NM.

"We applaud our county clerk for her efforts to uphold the integrity of our voting system," adds Davis. "Ironically, those who try to gain an upper hand by breaking voting laws will likely lose their right to vote in the end. And, that's the way it should be."

Mrs. Toulouse Oliver also tells us that the case was assigned to the same detective currently investigating the family of US Senate Candidate Heather Wilson's senior staffer whose dog was illegally registered to vote earlier this month.  ProgressNow NM exposed that scandal in early March.

March 22, 2012 at 12:20 PM in Bernalillo County, Candidates & Races, Legal Issues, ProgressNow New Mexico | Permalink

Comments

Want to be that the Republican County Sheriff does nothing?

Posted by: Mark Sanchez | Mar 22, 2012 2:37:45 PM

If the Republicans continue with this sham game of accusing the "little people" of wanting to defraud the vote, yet they do nothing to prosecute the ACTUAL cases of fraud that have ACTUALLY been committed, they will provide plenty of ammunition to show their lack of good faith on these matters.

Either way, WINNING. Not.

Posted by: bg | Mar 22, 2012 3:46:03 PM

Good going, Pat and Maggie! Hooray for the Rule of Law!!

Posted by: Proud Democrat | Mar 22, 2012 8:45:46 PM