Election 2012

A Republican poll challenger was arrested Election Day when he tried to vote a second time.

The Sandoval County Clerk says nothing could have been done to eliminate the long lines for some voters in Rio Rancho on Election Day.

KOAT-TV reports Sally Padilla defended her office's performance Thursday saying they hadn't been given enough equipment to handle the growing city's electorate.  Hundreds of voters waited for hours, some for over 4 hours, to vote on Tuesday night.

Stephanie Fitzgerald

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/8 8a: There are lots of changes ahead in the state legislature after the election this week!

What does this mean for Republican Governor Susanna Martinez's agenda?  And what about local impacts across the state?  

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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.  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. 

During the day today, we'll have periodic updates during our regular programming.  Please let us know about your experience at the polls today! 

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Secretary of State Dianna Duran is reminding voters about what they need to do at the polls this Election Day.  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.  

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 11/1 8a: What can you expect at the polls this Election Day?  And how are Native American communities working to get out the vote?  We'd like to hear from you! Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show! 

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New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna Duran ordered all voter guides produced by the League of Women Voters removed from polling places in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Las Cruces this week.

 

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/25 8a: Who are Hispanic and Latino voters going to vote for in New Mexico?  And what are the issues of greatest concern to these populations?  This week on the KUNM Call In Show we'll discuss these voters and what recent reporting and polls are showing about voting preferences.  We'd like to hear from you!  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online below, or call in live during the show.

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National tribal group focuses on voter ID laws

Oct 23, 2012

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.

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.

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.

The secretary of state's office reported Monday that nearly 1.3 million people are registered to vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

The numbers of voters who are unaffiliated with a political party — so-called independents — increased by 22 percent since Oct. 31, 2008.

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/18 8a:  There's less than two weeks left until election day. Today we'll be discussing recent updates on local candidates and campaigns.  E-mail your questions to callinshow@kunm.org or post a comment in our comment section below.

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Russel Contreras, Associated Press

Steve Terrell, Santa Fe New Mexican

A new poll of Latinos in New Mexico shows that potential voters are concerned about the economy and immigration policy this year. 

Latino Decisions, a national organization, conducted the poll of 400 registered Latino voters in New Mexico.

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.

Journalist Maria Hinajosa is host of NPR's Latino USA. She's also the first Latina to anchor and produce PBS news content.  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.  Hinajosa says she's looking forward to hearing what viewers think about the content of the program, which explores the new American electorate.  She says the families featured in the program display a complexity of political perspectives that challenges stereotypes.

KUNM Call In Show Thu. 10/11 8a: Do you need a photo ID to vote in the general election this year?  When do early voting centers open in your community? Will there be long lines at the polls on Election Day?  We'll take your questions and calls.  Email callinshow@kunm.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show. 

Guests:

Judith Binder,  League of Women Voters

Daniel Ivey-Soto,  state association of County Clerks

Phil Sisneros, Director of Communications with NM Attorney General's office

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Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race, but even that might make them a big deal.

Democratic President Barack Obama's campaign quietly has been keeping track of the two former Republican officeholders who could prove pivotal in key states where he and Republican challenger Mitt Romney are in a tight race.

Johnson is a former New Mexico governor running as the Libertarian Party nominee. Goode is a conservative ex-congressman from Virginia competing as the Constitution Party candidate.

Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson says there's no hope a judge will allow him to participate in Wednesday night's presidential debate.

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.

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.

Absentee voting starts October 9th

Sep 24, 2012

New Mexicans can soon start to vote in the general election.

Absentee voting begins Oct. 9, and people can go to their county clerk's office to cast a ballot in person. Voter registration also ends then, making it possible for New Mexicans to register and vote on that same day.

Early voting starts Oct. 20 at alternate polling locations established by the clerks and continues through Nov. 3.

Election Day is Nov. 6 and that's also the deadline for returning absentee ballots.

Poll: Many voters back Medicaid expansion

Sep 14, 2012

A new statewide poll commissioned by The Albuquerque Journal shows more than half of the state's voters back expanding the state's Medicaid rolls to cover 170,000 low-income residents.

The Journal poll found that 53 percent of likely voters surveyed back boosting eligibility to allow low-income children, seniors, pregnant women and the disabled sign up for the federal-state health insurance program.

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KUNM Call In Show 8/16 8a: Secretary of State Dianna Duran is following through on a U.S. Department of Justice letter calling for New Mexico's record of registered voters to be cleaned up for the first time since 2005. But critics are accusing her of voter suppression. Why the voter roll "purge" now? And what does it mean for New Mexico voters? Secretary Duran will join our panel live in the studio for the show. 

New Mexico Voter View Website

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KUNM Call In Show 5/31 8a: Are people voting illegally in New Mexico?  Are people being denied their legitimate voting rights?  

Guests: UNM Professor Lonna Atkeson; Jared Hamilton, Hispanos Unidos; Representative Cathryn Brown

Voter ID Laws in the U.S. 

Thu. 3/1 8a: Is the Public Regulation Commission in trouble?  It regulates telecommunications, utilities, insurance, and a host of other industries and agencies in New Mexico.  Will measures passed this legislative session resolve the issues you see at the PRC?  

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