On Thursday, we exposed New Mexico’s Republican Party training poll challengers in tactics to illegally demand improper identification and deny traditional ballots to potentially hundreds-of-thousands of voters. Congressman Steve Pearce even told The Nation that he knew about the illegal training but approved of it because it was the way the GOP would take back the state.
With pressure from local activists and the national press, the Republican Party refused to cancel their training but promised to fix it to follow the law. So we went back to the training, held Thursday night at the Adalante Development Center to see what they were saying.
None other than David Harris, True The Vote’s New Mexico State Director, met our staffer at the door. Harris demanded to know the party affiliation of our staffer and learning he wasn’t Republican promptly denied him entry.
Harris claimed that the training was private, a Republican Party event. If that is the case, Harris’ self-described role as the “teacher” at the event may violate coordination rules since True The Vote is a 501(c)3 non-profit (status pending) which is prohibited from coordinating with political parties.
It was announced today that Congress will investigate True the Vote, a Houston-based non-profit (501(c)3 status pending) for its alleged voter suppression tactics.
In response to the congressional inquiry, True The Vote told the LA Times: “…True The Vote invites Congressman Cummings, or any other interested parties, to participate in any training sessions in the weeks ahead.” Clearly, that is not the case for Harris and True the Vote in New Mexico.
This leaves a lot of questions still unanswered.
Watch True The Vote State Director David Harris explain that he is teaching a secret NM GOP poll challenger training.
“…True The Vote invites Congressman Cummings, or any other interested parties, to participate in any training sessions in the weeks ahead.” - True The Vote, Oct 5, 2012