Voters have wide range of decisions in election

Kevin Wilson

Early voting has concluded, and just one voting day remains on the 2010 midterm elections.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, with voter choices ranging from the governor’s mansion and House of Representatives to a potentially revamped county courthouse and detention center.

There are 20,924 registered voters in Curry County, and nearly one-eighth of the voters weighed in early.

Votes will be certified later than normal because of a ballot error in overseas ballots.

County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman, who runs the elections for the county, said, “The county is going to convene as a Canvass board on Nov. 5. They will instruct, at that point, for us to continue to review. We have our final canvass review on Nov. 10.”

Only one overseas ballot was outstanding as of Friday, Lyman said.

Voters Tuesday have the following options on the ballot:

House of Representatives: District 3 is between incumbent Ben Ray Lujan, a Democrat, and Farmington business owner Tom Mullins, a Republican.

There is no open New Mexico Senate seat this election.

Governor: Republican Susana Martinez, the district attorney in Dona Ana County, is running against Democrat Diane Denish, the current lieutenant governor. Their running mates in the lieutenant governor spot are John Sanchez and Brian Colon, respectively.

Bloomfield Republican Kenneth A. Gomez does not have a running mate, but is running as a write-in candidate.

Secretary of State: Democrat Mary Herrera, the incumbent, is challenged by Republican Dianna Duran.