AG Balderas Announces Additional Guilty Verdicts in Case of Española Woman Accused of Voter Fraud

​For Immediate Release:
October 18, 2022
Contact: Jerri Mares – (505) 321-4372

ALBUQUERQUE — Today, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas announced that a Rio Arriba County jury convicted Laura Seeds of two fourth degree felonies and one misdemeanor. The charges were in relation to her actions in the 2018 Española municipal election of engaging in intimidating conduct during a municipal election, coercing a voter, and disturbing polling places. Jurors returned their verdict in the same afternoon they began deliberating. Sentencing will be set at a later date.

“Citizens have a right to freely participate in elections without harassment and intimidation, and I am committed to protecting the integrity of New Mexico’s electoral process,” said Attorney General Balderas.

Seeds was previously convicted by Attorney General prosecutors in November 2019 of five counts of felony voter fraud in relation to her work on her husband Robert Seeds’ 2016 election campaign for an Española City Council seat.

This case was investigated by special agents from the Office of the Attorney General and prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys General Peter J. Valencia III and Brett Barnes.