Election 2012 in New Mexico http://kunm.org en Republican Poll Challenger detained for voting twice http://kunm.org/post/republican-poll-challenger-detained-voting-twice <p></p><p>A Republican poll challenger was arrested Election Day when he tried to vote a second time.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 13:33:58 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 21069 at http://kunm.org Sandoval County Clerk denies responsibility for long lines at the polls in Rio Rancho http://kunm.org/post/sandoval-county-clerk-denies-responsibility-long-lines-polls-rio-rancho <p></p><p>The Sandoval County Clerk says nothing could have been done to eliminate the long lines for some voters in Rio Rancho on Election Day.</p><p><a href="http://www.koat.com/news/politics/Sandoval-Co-clerk-responds-to-voting-issues/-/9153652/17337380/-/5cwnutz/-/index.html?absolute=true">KOAT-TV reports </a>Sally Padilla defended her office's performance Thursday saying they hadn't been given enough equipment to handle the growing city's electorate. &nbsp;Hundreds of voters waited for hours, some for over 4 hours, to vote on Tuesday night.</p> Fri, 09 Nov 2012 13:32:05 +0000 KOAT-TV 21068 at http://kunm.org What do state legislative election results mean for New Mexico? http://kunm.org/post/what-do-state-legislative-election-results-mean-new-mexico <p>KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/8 8a: There are lots of changes ahead in the state legislature after the election this week!</p><p>What does this mean for Republican Governor Susanna Martinez's agenda? &nbsp;And what about local impacts across the state? &nbsp;</p><p>You can email callinshow@kunm.org or <a href="http://www.kunm.org/post/what-do-state-legislative-election-results-mean-new-mexico">post your comments online here</a>. &nbsp;We'll take your comments and questions live during the show.</p><p>277-5866 (locally in Albuquerque)</p><p>877-899-5866 (toll-free)</p><p>Guests:&nbsp;</p> Wed, 07 Nov 2012 20:12:25 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 20975 at http://kunm.org What do state legislative election results mean for New Mexico? Live Election Coverage Starts at 6p Tonight on KUNM http://kunm.org/post/live-election-coverage-starts-6p-tonight-kunm <p>Starting tonight at 6p, we'll bring you live election coverage from NPR with updates, results, and analysis of the Presidential race and Senate and House races across the country. &nbsp;KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel will join with New Mexico In Depth's Trip Jennings for updates on state and local races and what's happening with the national races locally.&nbsp;</p><p>During the day today, we'll have periodic updates during our regular programming. &nbsp;Please let us know about your experience at the polls today!&nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 16:33:58 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 20886 at http://kunm.org Live Election Coverage Starts at 6p Tonight on KUNM No Photo ID Required at Polls in New Mexico http://kunm.org/post/no-photo-id-required-polls-new-mexico <p></p><p>Secretary of State Dianna Duran is reminding voters about what they need to do at the polls this Election Day.&nbsp; Duran says, in New Mexico a photo ID is required in only one rare circumstance- when that voter is a first time voter in New Mexico AND the voter registered by mail without showing a photo ID. &nbsp;</p> Tue, 06 Nov 2012 01:20:19 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 20853 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 12: Head and Heart http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-12-head-and-heart <p></p><p></p><p>This election year, we’ve heard from New Mexico families in KUNM’s Voices Behind the Vote series.</p><p>In our final installment, we meet an Albuquerque &nbsp;man who is a vigorous defender of&nbsp;2<sup>nd</sup> amendment gun rights and believes these rights are connected to other rights in a democracy. &nbsp;He also makes a distinction between issues of the head and issues of the heart.</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:55:25 +0000 Sarah Gustavus 20661 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 12: Head and Heart Native American voters in New Mexico and what to expect at the polls http://kunm.org/post/native-american-voters-new-mexico-and-what-expect-polls <p>KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/1 8a: What can you expect at the polls this Election Day? &nbsp;And how are Native American communities working to get out the vote? &nbsp;We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show!&nbsp;</p><p>Guests:</p><ul><li>Lonna Atekson, Director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy at UNM</li><li>Laurie Weahkee, <a href="http://www.nativevotersalliance.org/">Native American Voter Alliance</a></li></ul><p></p><p></p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:27:50 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 20664 at http://kunm.org NM Secretary of State defends removal of voter guides http://kunm.org/post/nm-secretary-state-defends-removal-voter-guides <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran ordered all <a href="http://www.lwvnm.org/VGuide2012/index.html">voter guides produced by the League of Women Voters</a> removed from polling places in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Las Cruces this week.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in">&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 Nov 2012 12:21:42 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 20663 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 11: Family Values http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-11-family-values <p></p><p>In the weeks leading up to Election Day, the KUNM News team has been exploring the lives and politics of&nbsp; New Mexicans- in frank and intimate conversations.</p><p>This next installment in the KUNM Voices Behind the Vote series took us to visit with a couple in Rio Rancho.&nbsp; Marriage equality for same-sex couples is the number one issue for them this year.</p><p>When Mary Houdeck and Norma Vazquez went on their first date in the late 1980s marriage for same sex couples was like a fantasy dream for many in the gay and lesbian community.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 13:30:00 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 20602 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 11: Family Values Voices Behind the Vote - Part 10: Gut Instinct http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-10-gut-instinct-0 <p></p><p>As we close in on the last few days of the election season, the KUNM News Team has been hitting the streets, trying to get a sense of what's propelling New Mexicans to cast their votes.</p><p>“My name's Romeo Rocha…”</p><p>Romeo says when his mom was pregnant with him, his dad took her to see Romeo and Juliet, hence the name.</p><p>Romeo: “Yeah when you are younger and everyone is making fun with you it seems like a curse but after awhile you get used to it.”</p> Tue, 30 Oct 2012 16:25:07 +0000 Rita Daniels 20561 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 10: Gut Instinct Voices Behind the Vote - Part 9: The Country is Changing http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-9-country-changing <p></p><p>Carol Lovato was born in Chicago. Her father was in the military so the family moved around a lot – to New Mexico, California, and Germany.</p><p>When it came time for her to choose a place to live as an adult, she went to the place where she felt the happiest as a child – Albuquerque.&nbsp;And she found a job that was <em>just right</em> for her.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>CAROL: I was a history teacher at bulldog city, Albuquerque high for 30 years. </strong></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Sarah Gustavus 20327 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 9: The Country is Changing No More Straight-Party Ticket : Listen to A Chat with the Editor of the Santa Fe Reporter http://kunm.org/post/no-more-straight-party-ticket-listen-chat-editor-santa-fe-reporter <p></p><p><a href="http://www.sfreporter.com/santafe/article-7041-straight-up-gone.html">&nbsp; Read the article:&nbsp;</a></p><p></p> Thu, 25 Oct 2012 11:53:52 +0000 Rita Daniels 20350 at http://kunm.org No More Straight-Party Ticket : Listen to A Chat with the Editor of the Santa Fe Reporter Voices Behind the Vote - Part 8: Government is Us http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-8-government-us <p>The KUNM Voices Behind the Vote series features intimate conversations with New Mexicans about the issues they care about most this election season. On a recent Friday morning, KUNM's Elaine Baumgartel met up with Abdu Wakil Cyeef Din and headed to a Motor Vehicle Division office in Albuquerque.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 24 Oct 2012 13:31:34 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 20295 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 8: Government is Us Voices Behind the Vote - Part 7: Romney's the One http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-7-romneys-one <p></p><p>Richard and Elaine Evans moved from Michigan to New Mexico for one...ok maybe two reasons. Aside from their grandchildren:</p><p><em>It was the flying that brought us to New Mexico. You have beautiful skies, and you can fly almost everyday. Richard and I had both flown, for years, small airplanes. And it's just been our passion.</em></p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:43:47 +0000 Carrie Jung 20221 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 7: Romney's the One Hispanic, Latino Voters in New Mexico http://kunm.org/post/hispanic-latino-voters-new-mexico <p></p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:41:52 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 20242 at http://kunm.org National tribal group focuses on voter ID laws http://kunm.org/post/national-tribal-group-focuses-voter-id-laws <p></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">A national tribal advocacy group has identified nearly a dozen states where it says new voter identification laws could negatively affect voter participation in Native American communities.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 13px;">The National Congress of American Indians released a report Monday that highlights the states, including those where photo identification will be required at the polls on Election Day.</span></p> Tue, 23 Oct 2012 12:26:48 +0000 The Associated Press 20241 at http://kunm.org NM Voter Registration Up 5% from 2008 http://kunm.org/post/nm-voter-registration-5-2008 <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; ">SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New voter registration figures show the number of New Mexicans eligible to vote has increased about 5 percent since the last presidential election and independent voters grew the fastest.</p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; ">The secretary of state's office reported Monday that nearly 1.3 million people are registered to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.</p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:59:45 +0000 The Associated Press 20220 at http://kunm.org Updates on Campaigns and Candidates http://kunm.org/post/updates-campaigns-and-candidates <p>KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/18 8a:&nbsp; There's less than two weeks left until election day. Today we'll be discussing recent updates on local candidates and campaigns.&nbsp; E-mail your questions to callinshow@kunm.org or post a comment in our comment section below.</p><p>Guests:</p><p>Russel Contreras, <a href="http://bigstory.ap.org/content/russell-contreras">Associated Press</a></p><p>Steve Terrell, <a href="http://www.santafenewmexican.com/">Santa Fe New Mexican</a></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 13:54:25 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 20054 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 6: Family of Three http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-6-family-three <p></p><p>Brianne Bigej&nbsp;has been really busy the past few years. She just finished law school at the University of New Mexico. Her partner, Eric Tomala&nbsp;is an academic advisor at UNM. He started a doctoral program in the Sociology department this fall. After work and school, Brianne and Eric try to squeeze in some time for fixing up a house they bought in Albuquerque in 2009.</p><p style="margin-left:.5in;"><strong>BRIANNE: with all home projects, you have to have time and money…three years out will still have little bits and pieces left…laughing….</strong></p> Thu, 18 Oct 2012 12:46:10 +0000 Sarah Gustavus 20036 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 6: Family of Three Poll: NM Hispanics Motivated First by Economy, Second by Immigration http://kunm.org/post/poll-nm-hispanics-motivated-first-economy-second-immigration <p>A new poll of Latinos in New Mexico shows that potential voters are concerned about the economy and immigration policy this year.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Latino Decisions, a national organization, conducted the poll of 400 registered Latino voters in New Mexico.</p><p>Voters were also asked whether they support the New Mexico policy of grating driver’s licenses to undocumented immigrants. Republican Governor Susana Martinez has pushed to repeal it since taking office two years ago. She says it’s a public safety issue.</p> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 18:10:40 +0000 Sarah Gustavus 20015 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 5: A House Divided http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-5-house-divided <P></P> <P>Our Voices Behind the Vote Series continues&nbsp;with Jessica and Danny Montaño of Los Lunas&nbsp; who use their political disagreements to stay informed this election season...</P> <P>When the 3rd period bell rings at Los Lunas High School...about 30 students make their way across campus to room B10 for Ms. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Carrie Jung 19967 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 5: A House Divided Voices Behind the Vote - Part 4: A Single Issue http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-4-single-issue <p>Next in our Voices Behind the Vote series, we go to Texico, New Mexico, near the border with Texas.<br>Rita Daniels:&nbsp; On a drizzly afternoon, I'm making my way into Texico, New Mexico, 16 miles east of Clovis, seeing signs for Romney/Ryan; no Obama signs out here.<br>On a drizzly afternoon, I met Mark and Twilla Koss<br>Twilla Koss:&nbsp; I'm Twilla KossMark Koss:&nbsp; Mark Koss Tue, 16 Oct 2012 13:45:51 +0000 Rita Daniels 19948 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 4: A Single Issue Latino USA's Maria Hinajosa to Discuss New PBS News Show http://kunm.org/post/latino-usas-maria-hinajosa-discuss-new-pbs-news-show <p></p><p>Journalist Maria Hinajosa is host of NPR's Latino USA. She's also the first Latina to anchor and produce PBS news content.&nbsp; Need to Know- America By the Numbers: Clarkston Georgia looks at the growing ethnic and racial diversity in a town that was once overwhelmingly white.&nbsp; Hinajosa says she's looking forward to hearing what viewers think about the content of the program, which explores the new American electorate.&nbsp; She says the families featured in the program display a complexity of political perspectives that challenges stereotypes.</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:25:17 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 19763 at http://kunm.org Latino USA's Maria Hinajosa to Discuss New PBS News Show Voices Behind the Vote - Part 3: Defying Stereotypes http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-3-defying-stereotypes <p></p><p>We've been profiling New Mexican families in KUNM's Voices Behind the Vote series.&nbsp; We're asking people to speak frankly about the political issues they care most about this year. &nbsp;</p> Thu, 11 Oct 2012 13:15:20 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 19710 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 3: Defying Stereotypes Poll Challengers, Poll Watchers, How to Vote, Where to Vote, When to Vote, Your Questions Answered! http://kunm.org/post/poll-challengers-poll-watchers-how-vote-where-vote-when-vote-your-questions-answered <p>KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/11 8a: Do you need a photo ID to vote in the general election this year? &nbsp;When do early voting centers open in your community? Will there be long lines at the polls on Election Day? &nbsp;We'll take your questions and calls. &nbsp;Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.&nbsp;</p><p>Guests:</p><p>Judith Binder,&nbsp; League of Women Voters</p><p>Daniel Ivey-Soto,&nbsp; state association of County Clerks</p><p>Phil Sisneros, Director of Communications with NM Attorney General's office</p><p>Links:</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 14:22:09 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 19703 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 2: Father and Son http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-2-father-and-son <p></p><p>If it’s a school day, chances are you’ll find crossing guard Tony Orosco manning his post on the corner of Lomas and Edith, keeping a keen eye out for school zone speeders. Armed with a small stop sign, a day-glow orange vest and one very loud whistle. Tony does his best to remind drivers to slow down when passing Longfellow Elementary School.</p><p>Tony and his fellow crossing guards are an essential part of a safe commute for many young students here, because this section of Lomas is 6 lanes wide and that 15 mile an hour speed limit is not always observed.</p> Wed, 10 Oct 2012 12:56:42 +0000 Carrie Jung 19671 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 2: Father and Son Voices Behind the Vote - Part 1: Small is Beautiful http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-part-1-small-beautiful <p>Elections are about people and choices. In the weeks before Election Day, KUNM is profiling families around New Mexico.</p><p>The Voices Behind the Vote includes perspectives that represent the diversity found within our state. We’ve asked people to speak frankly about the political issues they care most about this year.</p><p>Today, Sarah Gustavus&nbsp;introduces us to one couple who value independence and are focused on economic issues.</p> Tue, 09 Oct 2012 13:00:00 +0000 Sarah Gustavus 19634 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote - Part 1: Small is Beautiful Tiny presence, unknown impact for 3rd parties http://kunm.org/post/tiny-presence-unknown-impact-3rd-parties <p></p><p style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Verdana, Helvetica, Arial, sans-serif, Geneva; font-size: 13px; line-height: 15px; ">Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race, but even that might make them a big deal.</p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 14:38:52 +0000 Associated Press 19534 at http://kunm.org Former NM gov Johnson not in presidential debates http://kunm.org/post/former-nm-gov-johnson-not-presidential-debates <p>Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson says there's no hope a judge will allow him to participate in Wednesday night's presidential debate.</p><p>Johnson is running as the Libertarian Party candidate for president. He sued the Commission on Presidential Debates last month in federal court to try to force them to admit him to the debates.</p> Wed, 03 Oct 2012 15:39:35 +0000 Associated Press 19433 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote: A KUNM News Election Series http://kunm.org/post/voices-behind-vote-kunm-news-election-series <p>Elections are about people and choices. They’re about the relationship between a government and its policies and the ordinary citizens who vote that government in - or out.</p><p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 12:46:00 +0000 Elaine Baumgartel 19624 at http://kunm.org Voices Behind the Vote: A KUNM News Election Series