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One day after Thomas Tolbert announced that he had illegally registered his dog to vote in New Mexico, ProgressNow NM discovered that the dog actually belongs to Wilson senior staffer Heather Wade and Tolbert, who went public to announce his illegal deed, is her husband.
On February 20, 2012 Tolbert approached a voter registrar at UNM and asked to register to vote. According to an interview he gave to KOB-TV, he created a false social security number and date of birth and used his dog’s name “Buddy” to complete the application to vote. Tolbert then signed the form under the statement “I swear or affirm… that all information I have provided is correct.”
ProgressNow has called on Bernalillo County Sheriff Dan Houston and UNM Police Chief Kathy Guimond to launch an investigation into alleged voter registration fraud, a 4th degree felony in New Mexico.
Now, our own investigation, conducted in coordination with ISPAC, reveals that Thomas Tolbert is married to Heather Wade, a senior staffer with Heather Wilson’s Republican campaign for US Senate. Wilson’s FEC reports (p. 249) and Wade’s own LinkedIn profile confirms her status with the campaign.
“This new information raises the stakes significantly,” says Pat Davis of ProgressNow NM. “Heather Wilson’s team is undermining the integrity of our voting system from their kitchen tables. And they are using her payroll to do it.”
Both also share the home where the fraudulent registration card was mailed. Tolbert told KOB-TV that he received the card in the mail earlier this week. The voter registration card was mailed to Tolbert and Wade’s address in Northeast Albuquerque.
View the fraudulent voter card for Heather Wilson’s staffer dog below.