Governor signs voting bill trio

Santa Fe, N.M. (KKOB) — Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed three high-priority bills for the Secretary of State’s Office into law Thursday. House Bill 4, Senate Bill 180, and Senate Bill 43. HB 4, or the New Mexico Voting Rights Act, saw some controversy in the legislature. It changes a number of state voting rules including the re-registration of formerly incarcerated New Mexicans once they have been released from custody. It also establishes the Native American Voting Rights Act. SB 180 provides measures to secure sensitive voter data and increases compensation for election workers. The final bill, SB 43, makes acts against election officials a crime of intimidation, or a fourth-degree felony.