For Immediate Release
Thursday, April 14th, 2016
Contact: Alan Packman
Fmr. Sec. of State Led Innovative Voter Access, Registration Reforms
ALBUQUERQUE--Bernalillo County Clerk and Democratic nominee for Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Thursday announced that Oregon Gov. Kate Brown--herself a former secretary of state with a reputation for implementing innovate programs to increase voter access--had endorsed Toulouse Oliver’s campaign.
“At a time when government accountability and trust in elected officials seem to have disappeared, we need leaders like Maggie Toulouse Oliver to step up to do what’s right,” Brown said. “Having served as Secretary of State, started online voter registration in Oregon and increased access for voters with disabilities, I know what it takes to bring real change and reform to the process. Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s plan to provide transparency and integrity in the Secretary of State’s office and to make voting easier--not harder--for more New Mexicans is exactly what’s needed to help New Mexico and our country move forward.”
Brown was the Secretary of State of Oregon from 2009-2015. She established innovative and modern approaches to election administration in the state. As governor, Brown signed groundbreaking legislation, which she began working on as Secretary of State, that removes barriers to voting by automatically registering citizens to vote when obtaining a driver’s license.
“Governor Brown is a role-model for me and an inspiration. I am proud to be supported by a true innovator, whose vision and hard work have paved the way for greater voter access,” said Toulouse Oliver. “My race in New Mexico is about ensuring people can trust their government and that starts with making sure that every voter knows that their vote matters and will count. I thank Gov. Brown for her leadership on these issues and I look forward to working with her to protect and expand the right to vote here in New Mexico and all across the country.”
Maggie has served as Bernalillo County Clerk since 2007 and has made protecting the right to vote, improving the integrity of the election process and ensuring accountable leadership her top priorities.
Recognizing the need for important reforms to New Mexico's campaign finance and electoral systems that allow for transparency and accountability in government, Maggie has been an outspoken advocate for the establishment of a Statewide Ethics Commission and an overhaul of how campaign contributions are tracked, reported and audited.
As our next Secretary of State, Maggie will build on her progress modernizing the election process and protecting the right to vote, and work to ensure public trust in New Mexico's governmental institutions.
Maggie is a 2009 recipient of a New Mexico Technology Excellence award. In 2011, Maggie received the Distinguished Service Award from United Voters NM and Verified Voting NM for her work in promoting election integrity. In 2012, she was named one of NM Business Weekly’s “40 under 40” young professionals. Maggie was named one of "30 Women to Watch" by MSNBC and to Democracy for America's "Dean's Dozen" in 2014 and earned Common Cause New Mexico's "Best in Government 2015" award for her efforts to pass an on-line voter registration bill.
Maggie grew up in New Mexico, attended Albuquerque Public Schools and received her Master’s Degree in Political Science from the University of New Mexico. She lives in Albuquerque with her two sons.