New Mexico's primary election is next Tuesday, June 3. The most high profile race is for a face-off against incumbent Republican Governor Susana Martinez. It pits 5 Democrats against one another, but there is plenty of intrigue across the ballot.
How have you decided amongst the candidates... or have you? Are you an Independent who wishes you could vote in the primary?
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.
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!
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.
This election year, we’ve heard from New Mexico families in KUNM’s Voices Behind the Vote series.
In our final installment, we meet an Albuquerque man who is a vigorous defender of 2nd amendment gun rights and believes these rights are connected to other rights in a democracy. He also makes a distinction between issues of the head and issues of the heart.
Tom Tomasi is a bit soft spoken but he has strong opinions about politics. He spends most days working for the federal government, but he also runs his own business as a firearms instructor in Albuquerque.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, post your comments online, or call in live during the show!
Lonna Atekson, Director of the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy at UNM
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.
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 email@example.com, post your comments online below, or call in live during the show.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or post a comment in our comment section below.
Brianne Bigej has been really busy the past few years. She just finished law school at the University of New Mexico. Her partner, Eric Tomala 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.
BRIANNE: with all home projects, you have to have time and money…three years out will still have little bits and pieces left…laughing….
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.
Next in our Voices Behind the Vote series, we go to Texico, New Mexico, near the border with Texas. Rita Daniels: 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. On a drizzly afternoon, I met Mark and Twilla Koss Twilla Koss: I'm Twilla KossMark Koss: Mark Koss
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 email@example.com, post your comments online, or call in live during the show.
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
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.
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.
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.