With a recent surge in absentee voting, ballot drop boxes are set to become a permanent part of New Mexico’s electoral landscape, under rules proposed by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s office. The drop boxes, also known as “secured containers,” sparked a GOP court challenge after being implemented on a limited scale during the 2020 election cycle and have gotten a wary reception from many New Mexicans who have submitted comments on the proposed rules. But state Bureau of Elections Director Kari Fresquez said the drop boxes are a safe and convenient way for voters to cast their absentee ballots and should be in place in time for local elections this fall. Dan Boyd, Albuquerque Journal.
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