Albuquerque, NM – Today is the final day for New Mexicans to submit official written comments regarding Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s revised measure to limit free speech in the state. Concerned Veterans for America (CVA) has witnessed strong disapproval to this measure as hundreds of New Mexicans have taken direct action to voice opposition of Oliver’s proposed rule.
Late last month, Secretary Oliver announced revisions to her formerly-proposed measure that forces citizens to list their names and personal information publicly in order to support a cause. The revised rule still represents a threat to the free speech rights of New Mexicans.
CVA Policy Director Dan Caldwell issued the following statement:
“Secretary Oliver’s unconstitutional attempt to limit free speech has caught the attention of citizens across New Mexico and the country. Activists in New Mexico are deeply concerned and have submitted comments to the Secretary of State’s office, contacted their state legislators, and gone door to door to educate their neighbors about this threat. Secretary Oliver’s flawed rule will limit the free speech rights of New Mexicans and shutter open debate — it must be stopped.”
Earlier this year, CVA joined a coalition of 29 individuals representing 14 different organizations that submitted a letter to the Secretary asking her to end her attack on free speech in New Mexico. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson was among the signers urging the Secretary to abandon her measure.
Last year, CVA launched “Defend the First,” a project focused on protecting the free exchange of information and ideas at the state and federal level.