Political campaigns have history of being dirty

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers A few years ago, I needed to call the Department of Motor Vehicles and dialed the corresponding 800 number. Imagine my surprise when I got a phone sex line. I redialed to make sure it was a phone book misprint (it was), hung up and visited the local DMV instead. […]

New voting machines ready

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By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer Roosevelt County voters will have the opportunity to try out the new federally-funded voting machines in the upcoming General Election Nov. 7. According to Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins, the machines have been provided to the county through the federal Help America Vote Act. The state legislature also passed […]

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 voter turnout is low

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By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer According to unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary election, less than 20 percent of the registered county voters turned out to vote. The latest updated reports from the county clerk’s office showed that there are 11,229 registered voters. The total unofficial number of people who voted in Tuesday’s election was […]

Tuesday’s primaries hold two races of local interest

Bryant Million: PNT Staff Writer On Tuesday, Roosevelt County voters will cast their votes in the primary elections. County Clerk Janet Collins said the polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Collins said that voters will not need to show voter identification cards, but will need to provide their date of birth […]

Montoya campaigns for secretary of state

Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Letitia Montoya, 43, is a candidate for the Democratic nominee for New Mexico secretary of state in the June 6 primary election. The secretary of state is the third-highest state official, after the governor and lieutenant governor, and fills in for them when they are out of state. New Mexico’s […]

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 […]

Paper ballot bill among those clearing Legislature in final hours

By Susan Montoya The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers approved a flurry of bills in the final hours of the session that ended Thursday, including a measure that would impact voters across the state by requiring all counties to use paper ballot systems. Voters would fill in spaces on the ballots for the candidates […]

Municipal candidates square off in Monday forum

By Tony Parra Portales residents wanting to know more about the candidates for the municipal election will get their chance during a candidate forum on Monday sponsored by the Roosevelt County Chamber of Commerce and the city of Portales. All 12 candidates are scheduled to talk about their views on different topics dealing with the […]

Early voting under way in mil levy, polls open Feb. 7

By Tony Parra Some Roosevelt County residents have already made their decision on whether they are in favor of, or opposed to keeping a property tax in place to help the Portales School District. Janet Collins, Roosevelt County Clerk, said as of Friday afternoon 27 people have returned ballots in early voting in the Portales […]

Reforms should establish small government

Freedom Newspapers To paraphrase Lord Acton, Big Government corrupts, and absolute Big Government corrupts absolutely. In the case of former Rep. Randy “Duke” Cunningham, R-Calif., who pleaded guilty Monday to accepting $2.4 million in bribes from defense companies, the corruption was reported to have included Persian carpets, silver candelabras, a Rolls-Royce, antique furniture, travel and […]

Portales starts 2006 with vote on mil levy

By Tony Parra: PNT Staff Writer A number of elections affecting Portales residents will take place in 2006 beginning with an election to decide whether to keep a mil levy tax used to help the Portales School District officials with improvements to the district. During 2006 elections for New Mexico governor, Portales mayor and Portales […]

Fort Sumner recall complete, outcome up in air

Andy Jackson: Freedom Newspapers FORT SUMNER — De Baca County voters recalled Sheriff Gary Graves from office on Wednesday, but a court hearing scheduled for Nov. 22 may ultimately decide the law officer’s fate. Fifty-two percent of De Baca County’s registered voters cast ballots: 576 voted to recall Graves from office, while 150 voted that […]

Tuesday the only day to file for school board

PNT Staff PNT Staff Roosevelt County residents will have their only opportunity to file for a school board member position on Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The school board elections will take place in February, according to Joyce Fraze, Roosevelt County clerk. Those from Portales, Dora, Elida and Floyd who want to declare […]

Voters OK G.O. bonds

By Ryan Lengerich A school bond that will designate $8 million to Eastern New Mexico University was approved by New Mexico voters on Tuesday. Bond B will allocate $94.5 million to colleges statewide and raise property taxes by an average of $15.26 per year on a $150,000 home, according to the state Board of Finance. […]

County clerk’s office full of early voters

Staff and Wire reports Staff and wire reports About 20 percent of Roosevelt County’s registered voters have already weighed in on the 2004 general election, assistant county clerk Janet Collins said Wednesday. She said 2,400 voters had either cast their ballots or requested a ballot by mail as of Wednesday night. The county has 11,591 […]

Campos tries to retain seat against Grider

By Tony Parra Democratic incumbent Jose Campos said the District 63 state representative election will come down to voters choosing which candidate is most effective. Republican candidate Russell Grider said he believes voters will choose a candidate who will do more for them and not for himself. Voters from District 63, which includes precincts 6, […]

Voters taking care of matters early

By Laurie Stone Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze said the interest for the presidential election race has encouraged a large number of Roosevelt County registered voters for this year’s election. Fraze said there are 11,591 registered voters for this year’s presidential election. There have been 904 early voters by Friday afternoon at the Roosevelt County […]

Commissioners consider shift on legislative priorities

By Tony Parra Roosevelt County commissioners may reconsider a decision they made in regards to not sending a letter with their legislative priorities to Gov. Bill Richardson and the Department of Finance and Administration after the Roosevelt County Commission meeting on Tuesday. The commissioners have decided to investigate their decision a little further after they […]

Campaign hopes for collegians

By Mike Linn A national grassroots group has infiltrated two area colleges in an effort to get young voters to the polls for the November presidential election. A local organizer for the New Voters Project said she’d like to see at least 600 students at Clovis Community College and 900 at Eastern New Mexico University […]