2015 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 1 - Elections
Section 2 Election Officers and Boards
Section 1-2-25 Challengers, watchers, county canvass observers; permitted and prohibited activities.

NM Stat § 1-2-25 (2015) What's This?

1-2-25. Challengers, watchers, county canvass observers; permitted and prohibited activities.

A. Challengers, watchers and county canvass observers shall:

(1) not be permitted to perform any duty of a precinct board member;

(2) not handle the ballots, signature rosters, checklist of voters or voting machines or take any part in the counting or tallying of the ballots or the county canvass;

(3) not be allowed to view a voter's full date of birth or any portion of the voter's social security number;

(4) not interfere with the orderly conduct of the election, the counting or tallying of the ballots or the county canvass;

(5) be allowed in the room in which the voting is being conducted at a polling location, provided that at any given time each political party, candidate or election-related organization may have no more than one person present; and

(6) be allowed in the room in which the absent voter precinct board conducts its business or, in the case of county canvass observers, in which the county canvass is conducted, provided that each political party, candidate or election-related organization shall have no more than:

(a) two persons present at any given time in counties with more than ten thousand registered voters;

(b) four persons present at any given time in counties with more than fifty thousand registered voters; or

(c) fifteen persons present at any given time in counties with more than two hundred fifty thousand registered voters.

B. Subject to permission granted by the county clerk, additional challengers may be present in the room in which the absent voter precinct board conducts its business, provided that the number of additional challengers allowed pursuant to this subsection is identical for each political party participating in the election.

History: 1953 Comp., 3-2-23, enacted by Laws 1969, ch. 240, 44; 1975, ch. 255, 24; 2011, ch. 137, 23.

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