Socorro Council Members Accused of Breaking Voter Laws

Socorro Council Members Accused of Breaking Voter Laws
Wednesday, August 8, 2012 - 10:21pm

State Sen. Jose Rodriguez is accusing Socorro City Council members of breaking voter laws.

In a letter sent to council, Rodriguez accused Socorro city council members of changing term lengths and election dates without voter approval.

First, the Mayoral, Councilman At-Large, and District 4 elections were moved from this past May to November 2013.

Another election date change for representatives of districts 1, 2, and 3, was from May 2013 to November 2014.

The Voters Rights Act requires pre-clearance from the Dept. of Justice before any changes are made to elections.

Socorro mayor Trini Lopez tells us that's something he's been trying to do for the past two months.

"Nothing has been done. I don't know what's going on with the City Attorney or the City Manager. Every time I try to get items put on the agenda, they are removed, rejected, deleted from the agenda. Therefore, they are not up to the public," said Lopez.

Lopez says he's on his own and has discussed his concerns with Sen. Rodriguez in the past.

NewsChannel 9 has yet to reach out to the other members of council, the City Manager, or the City Attorney.

We hope to hear from them Thursday.

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