Steven Robert Allen, Executive Director, Common Cause New Mexico

“Voting rights advocates in New Mexico have been heavily critical of our current Secretary of State after she began claiming in March 2011, without offering any evidence, that undocumented immigrants have voted in New Mexico elections. She subsequently forwarded 64,000 voter registration records to the department of state police for review. The Fair Elections Legal Network helped shape this debate in a way that brought a necessary dose of sanity to a very heated discussion. As an objective observer from out-of-state, FELN’s sharp and timely analysis of state law raised necessary questions about the legality of the Secretary of State’s actions and helped put a stop to a witch hunt that was generating pointless fear among the public over election-related crimes that were never substantiated.”