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 […]