Secret-ballot elections help. ensure fairness

Freedom New Mexico American presidents usually have a fairly brief honeymoon period during which they can get almost anything on their agenda enacted, after which a degree of healthy skepticism sets in and Congress starts to dig in its heels. As he demonstrated in Cairo last week, President Obama is still enjoying something of a […]

Ballot bites

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Voters lined up Saturday at the Clovis Police Department’s Community Sub-station at the North Plains Mall for the last day of early voting. Ballot boxes will open Tuesday at 7 a.m. Compiled by CNJ staff The CNJ polled 20 fifth-graders at James Bickley Elementary School on the presidential election. • […]

Key county issues on ballot

Key issues in the races for three Curry County Commission seats: • Curry County Adult Detention Center: Eight inmates at the detention center escaped Aug. 24. Two are still at large — Edward Salas and Louis Chavez. The county is currently in the process of hiring a new detention center administrator since the Aug. 16 […]

Regents vote in support of bond

Freedom New Mexico The Eastern New Mexico University Board of Regents on Friday voted in favor of a resolution supporting Government Obligation Bond D. The bond will be on the Nov. 4 election ballot. It would provide $12 million for ENMU, including: • $9 million for the technology building • $2 million for infrastructure • […]

Roosevelt, De Baca primary election results

Roosevelt County election results Unofficial final U.S. PresidentRepublican• John McCain, 1,127• Ron Paul, 148 U.S. SenateDemocrat• Tom Udall, 602,Republican• Steve Pearce, 684• Heather A. Wilson, 602

Alcohol sales on Bailey County ballot

CNJ staff A Bailey County commissioner gathered enough signatures on a petition to add an alcohol sales proposal to November’s general election ballot. Bailey County Clerk Paula Benton said the county certified 747 signatures on Commissioner Juan Chavez’ petition earlier this month. She said Chavez needed 545 signatures to have the petition to allow packaged […]

Ballot lists candidates, not ideology

Freedom Newspapers 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 […]

Rise of the (voting) machines

By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer New state-funded voting machines will debut today with the start of early voting for the Nov. 7 General Election. Although voters will still be using a paper ballot, the marking method has changed. Residents will fill in an oval on the new ballot instead of continuing an arrow, according […]

Running for school-board seat more about time than money

by Ryan Lengerich, CNJ staff writer Ken Merritt survived four elections during his 16-year run on the Clovis school board. Though two were unopposed, he battled six candidates in his first campaign. Merritt chose to forgo re-election in District 1 and Tuesday five residents declared candidacy for his spot. “With five on the ballot, it […]

State defending ballot wording

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Secretary of State’s office is standing by a Spanish translation on the inner envelope of the state’s absentee ballots. The translation has been questioned by a Curry County woman claiming an incorrect translation causes confusion to whether the votes will be counted. Maria Cheverez of Clovis […]

Grammar on absentee ballot incorrect

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Curry County woman says misuse of Spanish grammar on the state absentee ballots’ inner envelope causes confusion as to whether the vote will be counted. Election officials have acknowledged the mistake but said all votes will be counted. Maria Cheverez said when she received her absentee ballot last […]

Candidates make final efforts to win votes

By David Arkin: CNJ Correspondent With two days to go before voters hit the polls, candidates are busy trying to pick up last-minute votes and officials are getting voting machines in place and are preparing their office workers for Tuesday’s big day. Tuesday is primary election day in New Mexico. Polls open at 7 a.m. […]

Party registration affects the way we live

Grant McGee: Local columnist Over at the Curry County Courthouse, in County Clerk Mario Trujillo’s office, which political party do the records show you’re registered with? This hot race that’s going on for the district attorney’s job with people switching parties so they can vote in the race got me thinking and reminiscing. I registered […]

This week: The N.M. caucus for dummies

Ned Cantwell Many readers have asked for clarification on certain points regarding the upcoming Democratic political caucus in New Mexico. They have asked also if I am going to reveal details of a certain sex scandal regarding one of those candidates. I am here to serve. Questions, please. > Can anyone beat Howard Dean in […]

Funding race tightens as counties tally more votes

By Gary Mitchell Curry County election officials have determined they have four ballots not counted from Tuesday’s special election and those will be turned over to the canvassing board today. Still up in the air is the outcome of a proposed constitutional amendment to increase the yearly amount paid out of the so-called Land Grant […]