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SOS Office to conduct New Mexico election ‘off-site’ for safety concerns

Jocelyn Benson, D. Michael Hurst, Jr., Maggie Toulouse Oliver, Rafael Mangual
J. Scott Applewhite/AP
From left, Jocelyn Benson, Michigan secretary of state, D. Michael Hurst, Jr., former U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico secretary of state, and Rafael Mangual, a fellow with the Manhattan Institute, testify as the Senate Judiciary Committee hears from officials about the rise in threats toward elected leaders and election workers, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2022. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Threats against election officials are on this rise in the U.S., just before a crucial midterm election that will decide which political party has control of Congress.

Those threats are now pushing New Mexico’s Secretary of State to conduct Tuesday's election “off-site” for safety concerns.

In July, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said she referred three threatening phone calls made against her to the FBI.

Alex Curtas, spokesperson for the Secretary of State, said these threats are among many others that prompted the change.

“I’ve been here for five years, and this is the first time we’ve gone off-site for an election night,” Curtas said.

Though, Curtas elaborated to say the move is more cautionary and not because of any specific threat to their office, staff, or county clerks.

Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, is running for reelection in Tuesday’s election against Republican Audrey Trujillo––a known 2020 election denier and conspiracy theorist.

Bryce Dix is our new local host for NPR's Morning Edition.
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