Low early voter turnout for alcohol sales issue

lvt1j7-lvt1f1127alcoholsalesweb.jpg

Alisa Boswell PORTALES — Early voter turnout for the Dec. 13 special election on alcoholic sales in restaurants has been low, according to Portales City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. Martinez-Terry said as of Tuesday, 105 Portales residents have voted early. There are 6,007 registered voters in the city. “I’m not sure what this indicates,” Martinez-Terry said. […]

Tuesday marks election day

Kevin Wilson Early voting has concluded, and just one voting day remains on the 2010 midterm elections. Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with voter choices ranging from the governor’s mansion and House of Representatives to the Roosevelt County Commission. Tuesday’s voters have the following options on the ballot: • House of […]

Officials: Voter turnout low

l3f3wl-63electionfollowweb.jpg

By Argen Duncan: PNT senior writer In the wake of Tuesday’s primary elections, county clerks are estimating voter turnout was low, and local political activists are looking forward to the November general election. In Roosevelt County, County Clerk Janet Collins said 26 percent of eligible voters came to the polls. In the county’s individual parties, […]

Officials pleased with early voter turnout

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico There’s not an exceptionally large turnout, but officials are pleased with the participation they’ve seen leading up to Tuesday’s primary. “It doesn’t seem to me like it’s that drastically off for a gubernatorial primary,” Curry County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said. “There are significant numbers, I’m not disappointed.” Saturday […]

City clerk: Early voter turnout strong

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom New Mexico Portales officials expect a good turnout for today’s municipal election, especially if early voting is any indication. City Clerk Joan Martinez-Terry said 296 have voted early, compared to 94 early voters in the 2008 municipal races. “If that’s an indication, I’m going to say there’s a good turnout (expected […]

Voter registration bills cut

By Steve Terrell: The New Mexican Don’t count on being able to register to vote at early voting sites this year. Two legislative committees effectively killed bills that would have allowed a voter to register right before casting a ballot at early voting sites or at the county clerk’s office when in-person absentee voting is […]

Voter registration deadline nears

PNT staff Persons who wish to vote in the Nov. 4 general election must register by 5 p.m. Tuesday. Early in-person voting begins Tuesday at the Roosevelt County Clerk’s office. Absentee ballot applications may be obtained by calling 356-8562.

Editorial: Voter ID not unconstitutional, but preposterous

It’s a little difficult to work up much excitement over the U.S. Supreme Court’s 6-3 decision to uphold Indiana’s voter identification law. It was installed, for mostly partisan reasons, to address a problem that nobody has documented as an actual occurrence, though some have raised concerns about what could happen. But the law doesn’t seem […]

New political activism group being formed

By Helena Rodriguez, PNT Staff Writer The new Student Association for Voter Empowerment (SAVE) at Eastern New Mexico University has two goals: Get young people informed and get them to the polls. The young vote is expected to play a more-critical-than-ever role in this November’s presidential election, and so SAVE, a nationally-affiliated, non-partisan group, is […]

Voter debate over ‘true conservatism’ ultimately pointless

A critical drumbeat that Arizona Sen. John McCain isn’t “conservative” enough persists into a second week after Super Tuesday gave him a dominating lead for the Republican nomination for president. McCain is widely viewed as the presumption nominee with a commanding total of party convention delegates. But concerns about McCain’s true commitment to conservative issues […]

Voter registration bills meet resistance

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor A pair of House bills alllowing voters to register at the polls may be in for tough debate in the 2007 New Mexico Legislature. One of the bills is sponsored by Mary Helen Garcia, D-Las Cruces, the state representative who carried legislation that switched the state to paper ballots […]

Early voting becoming preferred option

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County is following the national trend of more and more voters taking advantage of early voting in elections. “We see more early voters than we do actual voters,” said Beth Burns of the Roosevelt County clerk’s office. Early voting for the Nov. 7, election starts today at the […]

Local officials perplexed by voter apathy

By William Thompson Portales and Roosevelt County officals are dismayed so many registered voters don’t exercise their contitutional right to vote. Only 473 voters participated in a recent school district-sponsored mil levy election in Portales, and just 357 voters went to the polls in the last municipal election in 2004. Debbi Zurzulo, finance director for […]

Local News Briefs (Jan. 6)

Curry County institutes burn ban CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners have banned all outdoor burning — everything from fireworks to barbecuing on a grill — to try to prevent grassfires. Grassfires that broke out last Sunday burned more than 53,000 acres along New Mexico’s eastern boundary around Hobbs, Tatum and Logan, south of Curry County. […]