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Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING

The Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State (“Office”) hereby gives notice that the Office will conduct a public hearing on the described rules below.

The purpose of this hearing is to obtain public input on the new Secured Containers Rule to be codified as Part 1.10.19 NMAC as well as amendments to the Alternative and Election Day Voting Administration Rule Part 1.10.15 NMAC.

A public hearing will be held on Thursday July 22, from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, at the State Capitol Building located at 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501 in Room 322.  Every effort will be made to ensure that this hearing will be live streamed on the Office’s website.  The public hearing allows members of the public an opportunity to submit data, testimony, and arguments in person on the proposed rule changes detailed below.  All comments will be recorded by a court reporter.

Authority: Section 1-2-1 NMSA 1978

Proposed Rule

1.10.19 NMAC Secured Containers

Purpose: The purpose of this rule is to provide clear guidance and uniform standards in the application, operation, and interpretation of the law related to secured containers and mailed ballot delivery as prescribed by Section 1-6-9 NMSA 1978.

Summary of Full Text: Section 1.10.19.7 NMAC defines key terms like “secured container,” “permanent drop box,” and “temporary drop box.” Section 1.10.19.8 NMAC provides capacity and accessibility requirements for secured containers. Section 1.10.19.9 NMAC provides the security requirements for secured containers. Section 1.10.19.10 NMAC provides the requirements for video surveillance and record retention for secured containers. Section 1.10.19.11 NMAC provides the preparations county clerks must undertake in order to prepare a secured container for use during an election. Section 1.10.19.12 NMAC provides the requirements for using temporary ballot drop boxes at all voting locations during an election. Section 1.10.19.13 NMAC provides the ballot retrieval procedures county clerks must follow including the use of a chain of custody log when picking ballots up from a secured container or temporary ballot drop box. Section 1.10.19.14 NMAC provides the costs that may be reimbursed by the secretary of state to a county clerk for the installation and use of secured containers.

Rulemaking Record

This information will become available ater the pubic  hearing which wil be held on Friday July 22, from 9:00 am to 11:00 pm, at the State Capitol Building located at 490 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87501 in Room 322.  

Secured Containers

Written Public Comment Received

Date Title
07/16/2021 071621 Secured Container Comment D Gluck
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container D Gray
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container M Brainerd
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container Hardwick
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container A Boss
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container F Lavery
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container Collins
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container Fong
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container Gwingram
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container Smith
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container Trent-Heite
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container Cortez
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container Valdez
07/19/2021 071921 Secured Container Weihausen
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Aemisegger
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Apodaca
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Carabajal
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Harvey
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container J Garcia
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Pritchard
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Purkey
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Salopek
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Valentin
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Weems
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Wetzel
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Williams
07/20/2021 072021 Secured Container Winton
07/21/2021 072121 Alt Admin Peterson
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Elizabeth
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Kimberly
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Raines
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Allen
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Butler
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Carter
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Chavez
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Ewing
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Jamays
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Kieft
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Munoz
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Pomroy
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Rutz
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Schaffner
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Seneff
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Tschohl
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Wells
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Aborn
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Aborn2
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Aemisegger
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Bennett
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Bidewell
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Boehms
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Combs-Munoz
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Couch
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Dye
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Field
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Hernandez
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Hughs
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Jungewaelter
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Karns
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Kernen
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Luna
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Marker
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Martinez
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Mendoza
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Miller
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Parker
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Pearson
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Rhodes
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Sokoll
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Stolp
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Venus
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Walker
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Walker2
07/21/2021 072121 Secured Container Wright
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Archuleta
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Ball
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Chamberain
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Hatch
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Herrera
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container RPNM
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Stroup
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Tatum
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Villescas
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Culver
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Martinez
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Turner
07/22/2021 072221 Secured Container Wood

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