Federal judge in New Mexico blocks Dems from prosecuting election integrity group

A federal judge in New Mexico has given the green light for a conservative election integrity group to post voter registration information on its online database, over the objections of the state’s Democratic leaders.

U.S. District Court Judge James Browning temporarily blocked Democratic officials from prosecuting the Voter Reference Foundation (VRF), Breitbart reported

Judge OKs group to publish

The group runs the site VoteRef.com, which allows users to look up the registered voters in 28 states and the District of Columbia along with information on whether they cast a ballot in a certain election year.

The website does not specify how they voted, but some states include info on party affiliation.

New Mexico’s Democrat Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, accused the Voter Reference Foundation of political “intimidation” and threatened to prosecute them earlier this year. VRF sued and claimed Toulouse Oliver was attempting to stifle free speech.

Judge Browning agreed, finding that New Mexico doesn’t make it a crime to share voter data online.

Browning found that Toulouse Olivier’s referral for prosecution, and her statements on the referral, likely posed an “unconstitutional prior restraint on protected speech.”

Dems double down

Still, Toulouse Oliver doubled down on claiming that VRF’s actions are intrusive and will discourage people from voting.

“The fear now is that voters will be less likely to participate in our elections because their voting information — name, residential address, party affiliation, voting history, and year of birth -– will be made easily available online for anyone to obtain and potentially manipulate,” her office said.

Democrats have similarly claimed that popular voter ID requirements that Republicans have pushed in the aftermath of the bitterly contested 2020 presidential election are a form of voter “suppression.”

Doug Truax, one of VoteRef.com’s backers, questioned why politicians “don’t want to give the people of their state easy access to election records they pay for.”

“We’re committed to publishing the voter rolls in all 50 states, so the public can scrutinize the most important function of their government — running fair and accurate elections,” he said.

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