New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has served on the local and state level for over 16 years. Beginning as County Clerk in 2007, she expanded voting access, modernized voter registration practices, and played an instrumental role in overturning New Mexico's same sex-marriage ban. After nearly a decade as County Clerk, in 2016 she was elected in a special election to serve as New Mexico's 26th Secretary of State. She's now running for her second, full-term and has the opportunity to be New Mexico's longest serving Secretary of State. Her colleagues from around the country, Democratic and Republican, elected her to serve as President of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
Maggie went to work on day one. Following a corruption scandal from a previous administration, she strengthened New Mexico's campaign finance rules to shine a light on dark money. Because of Maggie, special interests must now disclose their donors. She's overhauled the campaign finance reporting system, making it more accessible for New Mexicans to see who is funding our politics.
Maggie is by far the most experienced candidate in this race. New Mexicans trust Maggie to continue providing free and fair access to our elections while continuing to shine a light on dark money in our politics.
Maggie believes we should make it easier – not harder – to vote. She's made it easier for every New Mexican to vote while maintaining the integrity of our elections. She started the Native American Voting Task Force – a collaborative initiative designed to identify voter accessibilities issues in our Native American & Tribal communities and create lasting solutions. She implemented Same Day Registration so that for the first time in New Mexico history, DTS and Independent voters may vote in primary elections. She implemented the use of monitored, secured ballot drop-boxes so voters can drop their absentee ballots at their convenience. Recently, she caught headlines for taking the Otero County Commission to the Supreme Court after they baselessly refused to certify their county's primary election, saving over 7000 voters from having their votes tossed out.
As President of NASS during the 2020 election, she played a leading role in combating the former President's false claims about the election. She led a bipartisan, nationwide campaign to combat election disinformation. She took that experience home to New Mexico, where she started a Rumor vs. Reality site to help voters find accurate and up-to-date voting information. In 2022, her success and leadership garnered the attention of Congressional leaders. She testified in front of the US House Subcommittee on Elections, House Homeland Security Committee, and Senate Judiciary Committee about this work and more.