On Thursday, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver refused a request by the Trump Campaign seeking election records, as required by law through an Inspection of Public Records Request (IPRA).
According to a press release from the New Mexico Republican Party (RPNM), the Secretary of State’s Office said it would respond to the request on or before December 30, 2020. “That hasn’t happened, and now the state has suddenly informed the Trump Team that it will change its response date to January 14, 2021, eight days after Congress meets. The state also told the Trump Team “We deem your request excessively burdensome and broad,” says RPNM.
RPNM Chairman and former Congressman Steve Pearce said, “The Secretary of State’s move is a deliberate effort to keep any evidence of potential election issues from the Trump Campaign until after Congress certifies the Electoral College vote on January 6,” says Republican Party of New Mexico Chairman Steve Pearce. “Again, the Secretary of State is partisan and defiant in refusing to uphold and oversee election integrity. She just makes up her rules. There’s no transparency of government here.”
The press release continues:
“Again, the Secretary of State will not come clean, and it makes one wonder if there are things she doesn’t want to come out,” says Pearce. “It possibly suggests there might have been anomalies or questionable practices that might have occurred in New Mexico’s presidential election.”
The Trump Campaign wants to look at election records to see if there was something rotten in the state of New Mexico, but the state’s top election officer appears to be hiding it.
It is not an unreasonable question for many to ask the Secretary of State what she may be hiding by delaying and denying the Trump Campaign’s requests for information if there is nothing to hide. Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver has been hostile toward pro-Trump organizations in the past and had a town hall with vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris.