2015 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 1 - Elections
Section 20 Offenses and Penalties
Section 1-20-17 Obstructing the polling place.

NM Stat § 1-20-17 (2015) What's This?

1-20-17. Obstructing the polling place.

A. Obstructing the polling place consists of:

(1) any person other than a voter offering to vote, a member of the precinct board, a lawfully appointed challenger or watcher, an election observer, an election official having business in the polling place or a person authorized by the Election Code [Chapter 1 NMSA 1978] to give assistance to a voter who, during the conduct of the election, approaches nearer than fifty feet from the door through which voters may enter to vote at the office of the county clerk, an alternate voting location, a mobile voting site or any location used as a polling place; or

(2) any person who willfully blocks the entrance to a polling place so as to prevent free ingress and egress.

B. A person conducting lawful, non-election-related business nearer than fifty feet from the door through which voters may enter to vote is not guilty of obstructing a polling place, provided the person does not willfully block the entrance to the polling place.

C. Whoever obstructs the polling place is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.

History: 1953 Comp., 3-20-15, enacted by Laws 1969, ch. 240, 441; 2011, ch. 137, 105.

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