COUNTY CLERK SEEKS TO CLEAR CONFUSION REGARDING CAMPAIGN MAILINGS

COUNTY CLERK SEEKS TO CLEAR CONFUSION REGARDING CAMPAIGN MAILINGS

Hundreds of voters in Doña Ana County have begun receiving campaign literature from various candidates in national, state and local races. In some of those literature packets, absentee voter applications have been inserted, advising the voter how to apply for absentee voting and giving the address of the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office.

County Clerk Rita Torres said she and her staff have been fielding telephone calls from irate voters who mistakenly believe that these partisan mailings originate from the county clerk’s office. She also has received calls from people who think they are required to fill out the forms and vote absentee.

“It is perfectly legal for any candidate to educate the voters about absentee voting procedures,” Torres said. “However, some voters become confused when they find a return envelope addressed to the county clerk’s office tucked in with campaign literature from a particular candidate or political party. I want the voters to understand their options, as well as to know that the county clerk’s office is a non-partisan entity dedicated to clean, fair elections for all candidates, regardless of party affiliation.”

Torres said that voters who receive the packets and elect to apply for absentee voting privileges must fill out the forms correctly and completely before forwarding them to the county clerk for processing. Incomplete or late forms will not be considered, she said.