Voting machines cause of concern

By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor County clerks across the state are speaking out against the high cost of a maintenance contract for recently purchased voting machines mandated by the federal government. A Nebraska firm, ES&S sold the secretary of state machines for every county in the state last year. With the machines now a […]

10-18: Local Briefs

Blood drive comes to library The Portales Public Library is hosting a blood drive from 2:30-5:30 p.m. Friday in front of the library at 218 S. Ave. B. Donors should bring a list of their medications, a photo ID and travel information. T-shirts and refreshments will be provided to all donors. A door prize will […]

Vote-by-mail promising system

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newspapers In counties across New Mexico, voters had an opportunity Tuesday to decide important issues like school bonds. In the years since the disputed 2000 presidential election, voters have shown trepidation about whether their vote will count. The government’s response is the Help America Vote Act, which has mandated counties buy […]

Greyhounds picked to finish dead last in LSC

Freedom Newspapers RICHARDSON, Texas — Suffice it to say there’s a big split between the top four and the bottom three in the Lone Star Conference South Division. Eastern New Mexico University is at the bottom of the bottom. The Greyhounds were picked seventh in the seven-team division in results of voting by league coaches, […]

Just one county race up for voters

By Ashley Lee and Karl Terry: PNT staff In a general election that is heated nationally, Roosevelt County residents have little to get excited about with just one contested race locally. Despite that fact, the turnout for early voting seems to be strong, according to County Clerk Janet Collins. Early voting ended at 6 p.m. […]

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 […]

Vickie Perea seeking secretary of state post

Freedom Newspapers Vickie Perea Candidate for Secretary of State Vickie Perea was born and raised in Los Lunas. Married for 43 years, she has two sons. She is a former president of the Albuquerque City Council and serves on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board of directors. Q: What is your highest priority if elected? […]

Municipal judge race sparking some interest

By William Thompson A number of Portales City Council seats are up for grabs in Tuesday’s municipal election, but a three-way race for municipal judge by incumbent Fred Arnold, Oscar Robinson and Arla Hitson is generating the most pre-election buzz, according to city clerk Joan Martinez-Terry. “I’ve heard quite a bit about the judges’ race,” […]

Senate approves paper ballot voting systems in close vote

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — A requirement that every New Mexico county use paper ballot voting systems passed the Senate on a party-line vote Monday. With less than three days left in the legislative session, the bill headed to the House. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing for the change, saying paper ballots would […]

Local Briefs (Nov. 8)

Methodists hold turkey dinner The First United Methodist Church in Portales will hold it’s 52nd Annual Turkey Dinner and Bazaar from 11 a.m.. to 1:30 p.m. and 5-7:30 p.m. Thursday at the church at Second Street and Avenue C. Adults are $7 and children 10 and under are $4. Delivery and carryouts are available. For […]

Students get large headstart on voting process

By Tony Parra Some extremely early voters selected their U.S. presidential candidate on Monday, 10 years before the government actually recognizes their vote. Some students from Portales elementary schools have voted and others will vote today for the candidate they would like to see serve for the next four years. Steiner Elementary first-graders voted on […]

Elections can be better than Halloween

By Jim Lee Here we are at Halloween again, munchkins begging for munchies while dancing along the street in quasi-Mardi Gras outfits. As a matter of fact, some may be coming for the second consecutive evening because of the occasion falling on a Sunday. I would really look forward to Halloween if I were allowed […]

County officials approve funds for voting machines

PNT Staff Roosevelt County officials met for a brief special session on Thursday afternoon in the courthouse to talk about the election year. Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze proposed resolution requesting approval for purchase of four voting machines, which will cost $6,200 apiece, to replace the old ones. Fraze said there was money in the […]

County to receive new voting machines

Kevin Wilson Roosevelt County officials said they will comply with the Help America Vote Act of 2002; however, the county will not pay for the machines, nor will the current voting machines be completely phased out. The county must be in complete compliance of the act by 2006, according to Roosevelt County Clerk Joyce Fraze […]