Chicago, IL – Following the news that New Mexico’s Secretary of State Dianna Duran refused to resign in the face of host of criminal charges filed against her including fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, and a 65th charge of falsifying campaign finance reports, Jeremy Bird, Co-Founder or iVote, a voting rights organization focused on the use of secretary of state offices, issued the following statement:
“One charge of falsifying campaign reports, fraud, money laundering, or embezzlement by an elected official is too much, but Dianna Duran is now facing 65 criminal charges. It is appalling that Dianna Duran, who has been entrusted as New Mexico’s’ Secretary of State, would abuse the very same election system she’s been sworn to protect.
"The people of New Mexico deserve better; they deserve a Secretary of State who will advocate for all voices to be heard, and ensure every citizen has the opportunity to engage in the Democratic process.
"Dianna Duran has failed New Mexico and has proven she can't be trusted, and should resign immediately.”
iVote, a voting rights campaign dedicated to the powerful notion that every eligible citizen should vote, recently launched an offensive against orchestrated efforts to block people from voting. The iVote Board of Directors includes Doug Sosnik, Frank Smith, Ellen Kurz, Jeremy Bird, Michael Blake, Rachael Cobb, Ralph Paige, Wendy Smith, Pete Giangreco. iVote is being advised by 270 Strategies, AKPD, David Binder Research, and Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.