In New Mexico, do you need a Real ID to vote?

Albuquerque Journal,  March 12, 2018

In New Mexico, voters in Albuquerque (and Rio Rancho, Clovis and Hobbs) are required to show ID when casting a ballot in a city election. So now that New Mexico is issuing Real ID-compliant driver’s licenses, some of those voters are wondering if they will have to show a Real ID.

Theodore S. Arrington emails that “Albuquerque city elections require a government-issued picture ID to vote. In the past, a driver’s license fulfilled this requirement. In the future will the city require a Real ID or will the lesser driver’s authorization card be enough? If the latter, then there is no change from the status quo. If, however, a real ID is required, then the right to vote will be substantially limited.” ...

According to the Albuquerque City Charter, Article XIII Section 14, “voters in Albuquerque Municipal Elections identify themselves to the Election Clerk at the polling place with a photo ID. The voter shall provide a form of identification which includes the voter’s name and photograph. Identification with a signature or an address is not required. ONLY THE NAME AND PHOTOGRAPH ARE REQUIRED. ...

It’s similar in Rio Rancho, Clovis and Hobbs....

By D'Val Westphal

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