Matter of Fact

What is misinformation and disinformation? What is the difference?

  • Misinformation is when someone shares or gives information they think is factual and don’t realize it is false or misleading.
  • Disinformation is when someone purposefully gives false or misleading information. It can be hard to sort through everything we hear and see about elections.

To help combat some of the confusion, this page is dedicated to helping sort through what is fact and what is rumor.

  • RUMOR

    Election administrators know who you voted for, keep that information in a statewide database, and are allowed to tell other people who you voted for.

  • FACT

    As a voter, unless you tell someone, only you know which candidates you voted for in an election. Voting locations must include the ability of voters to vote privately. When you sign-in at the polling location to receive the ballot, the county clerk receives a record that you participated in the election. Basically, we know that you voted but not who you voted for. You can actually see a record of when you voted (but not how) online at NMVote.org. Even if someone at the polling location were to inadvertently see how you voted, per state statute, “an election official, a member of the precinct board [election board], a watcher or a challenger shall not disclose the name of any candidate for whom any voter has voted” NM Stat §1-12-18. And remember, when you insert the ballot into the voting machine at a location, it does not contain any identifying information. The entire voting process protects the secrecy of your ballot by design, and we are required to maintain that secrecy even after the election has concluded. State law says, “Any inspection of paper ballots marked by voters, their digitized equivalents or records related to voting shall be conducted in such a manner as to secure the secrecy of the ballot” NM Stat §1-12-69 (G).

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