Far-left bill lowering voting age to 16 scheduled for Senate committee hearing Friday

On Friday at 9:00 a.m., the Senate Rules Committee chaired by Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto will hear a bill, S.B. 412, sponsored by far-left Sen. Carrie Hamblen (D-Doña Ana) to lower the voting age to 16 years old.

The bill, which is duplicative of Hamblen’s other bill, S.B. 336, looks to let 16 and 17-year-olds register and vote as “qualified electors.” Far-left dark money social groups, including OLÉ, NM Café, NM Dream Team, billionaire Mike Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action, among others, and are already rallying behind the bills, which would likely add around 50,000 underaged voters on the rolls, according to the fiscal impact report (FIR) for S.B. 412. 

OLÉ claims these bills “address the age disparities in voter participation by building participation and a lifelong habit of civic engagement earlier in life.” 

“Almost 23 percent of New Mexicans are under 18, and if one assumes an even breakdown by age within that cohort, there are approximately 53 thousand 16- and 17-year olds. Approximately 6.5 percent of New Mexicans are non-citizens, so nearly 50 thousand 16- and 17-year olds could be qualified electors under SB412,” reads the FIR. 

Another bill, S.B. 14 from Sen. Linda Lopez (D-Bernalillo), seeks to register people to vote without their knowledge any time they make a change to their Motor Vehicle Division records and then make them go through the burden of filling out a card saying they would not want to vote and sending it back to their local county clerk. This would allow these 16-year-olds, many of whom are eligible for licenses, to be automatically added to the voter rolls, adding more opportunity for voter fraud with each voter who is unaware they have automatically been registered to vote.

Olé is also supporting S.B. 14 by sending New Mexicans texts that read the following, “Hi [Name]! This is Frances with OLE. SB 14 is headed to its first Committee, Senate rules do you have any questions about the bill ?” Coincidence? 

Dark money groups likely see the implementation of these extreme bills to boost their political advantage in certain close elections by adding thousands of more voters, which can be easily manipulated at their impressionable young age. Hamblen’s proposal mimics others being sponsored by far-left politicians, including “Squad” member in the U.S. House of Representatives, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA). who has repeatedly sponsored the radical measure.

You can watch the committee hearing by clicking on “Senate Rules Committee” at 9:00 a.m. here. You can contact the committee members here:

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