Dems in gov.'s race fight voter apathy in final push

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Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:38 pm | Updated: 5:23 pm, Tue Jun 3, 2014.

In the final days of the 2014 Democratic primary election campaigns, the party’s five gubernatorial candidates have a common problem — voter apathy.

Not only do polls show a large number of undecided Democratic voters — 29 percent, according to an Albuquerque Journal poll last week — and finance reports show weak fundraising compared with that of Republican incumbent Gov. Susana Martinez, but early voting totals look downright anemic.

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  • Mel Hayes posted at 8:58 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Hobson Posts: 117

    Hopefully this state will change and allow Independents to vote in the primaries, otherwise we are screwd and usually end up voting for the lesser of two evils!

  • Pierce Knolls posted at 8:07 am on Mon, Jun 2, 2014.

    Mister Pierce Posts: 1688

    If Democrat apathy gets any worse, turnout might not be enough for Udall to retain his senate seat. This election could get interesting.

  • Thomas Carlson posted at 8:35 pm on Sun, Jun 1, 2014.

    Thomas Carlson Posts: 56

    "If voting made any difference, it would be illegal," - Philip Berrigan

    That is certainly true on the national level, but maybe not so much on the local level. Most people who we get to vote for there are at best mediocre, like Obama, or venal, like Bush. If we remain passive and complacent, we have no hope.

    Martinez and all of her oiligarch money has to go. People can see through that on the local level. Teachers certainly can after what she said about them. I hope that Tuesday will decide who will take out Martinez in November.

  • Chris Mechels posted at 2:28 pm on Sun, Jun 1, 2014.

    Chris Mechels Posts: 68

    Apathy seems appropriate with Gary King as the leading candidate. I think the other candidates have missed a real chance by not attacking King on his record, because he's pathetic. When asked about his failure as Attorney General you get mumbles. His only asset seems to be his name. Not much of a reason to elect this nonentity Governor, but perhaps enough for the primary. Sad isn't it? Just shows that New Mexicans are uninformed, and lazy.

    Alan Webber is the only candidate to date who has mentioned the police problems in ABQ and across the state. These problems trace directly to the Law Enforcement Academy Board, which Gary King chairs. So, King certainly won't mention it, as he's a big part of the problem.

    The only way to get the needed Police reforms in ABQ and the state, and the only candidate who seems to face this issue is Webber. We need reforms, to stop the illegal policies, the mayhem and the killing.

    King whose job it is to promote such reforms, has instead intervened to allow the police to use illegal policies, which in turn have caused deaths.

    It is very clear that we should not elect King, as he is incompetent, and dangerous, in a key area. Also, it seems clear he can't beat Martinez.

    So, why vote for him??? Because of his name??? Go for Webber

  • Joe Montoya posted at 10:32 am on Sun, Jun 1, 2014.

    Joe_Montoya Posts: 78

    My only hope is that Gary King will be as conservative as his father was during the terms he served as governor. Some of the other democrats running for governor whose philosophy is tax, tax, tax and spend, spend, spend. Those days are over as far as I am concerned. We need a governor who will put the people first today, tomorrow and the next day!!! I am willing to give King the opportunity hopping he will have the gall to stand up for the average, Tom, Dick, Sue and Jerry.

  • Alfred Padilla posted at 8:38 am on Sun, Jun 1, 2014.

    Xenoace32 Posts: 341

    When 26% of the registered voters forms a mandate why vote? And those 26% are all the rich and powerful, so hit them up for votes I don’t have any money so why bother. People wanted the rich and powerful to run this country to the ground so don’t let me stop you with my pathetic useless little vote yes! [sneaky]

  • Peter Neal posted at 8:06 am on Sun, Jun 1, 2014.

    PeterNeal Posts: 292


  • Michael Murray posted at 6:23 am on Sun, Jun 1, 2014.

    Mike M Posts: 62

    Voter apathy exists because most people believe their vote means NOTHING. The political class, whether D or R, will do exactly as it pleases. Every year and every election both sides vilify the other and work to increase their power. They buy votes from their Kool-Aid drinkers with other peoples money and conduct business to regulate and legislate in favor of their own favorite crony capitalists. Some of the groups each side favors are different, but many are the same. Pork, power, and political connections rule the roost and the welfare of the state or nation be damned.


Primary election information

The New Mexico primary election will be Tuesday, June 3, 2014. On election day, all polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..

Voter Registration:

New Mexico has a closed primary: only registered Democrats can vote in the Democratic Primary, and only registered Republicans can vote in the Republican Primary. Under New Mexico election laws, voters who declined to state a party affiliation when registering can’t vote in the primary.

The last day to register for this year’s primary election was May 6. If you re-registered and failed to indicate a political party, even if you had been a Democrat or Republican on previous registrations, you are listed as Declined to State (DTS) and cannot vote in the primary. Your Voter Information card lists your party if you indicated a political party. If you have questions, call 505-986-6280.

Absentee Ballots:

You can apply for an absentee ballot up until Friday, May 30, although the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office encourages voters not to wait until the last minute. The last day the clerk’s office can send out absentee ballots is Friday, May 30. To apply for an absentee ballot, you can go online (http://www.santafecountynm.gov/userfiles/ABGeraldine.pdf) to print an application, or call the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office (505-986-6280) to request an application.

Early Voting at Clerk’s Office:

You can vote early at the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office through May 31, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., including lunch hours. Voting will also occur on Saturday, May 31st, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The clerk’s office will be closed Monday, May 26, in observance of Memorial Day.

Early Voting at Alternate Sites:

Early voting at alternate sites begins Saturday, May 17, and ends Saturday, May 31. Days and hours for these sites are as follows: Tuesday through Friday, from noon until 8 p.m., and Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. These sites are closed on Sundays and Mondays.

The alternate sites for early voting are at the following locations:

• Old Edgewood Fire Station – 25 E. Frontage Road, Edgewood

• El Dorado Senior Center – 16 Avenida Torreon, Eldorado

• Santa Fe County Fair Building – 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe

• Pojoaque County Satellite Office – 5 W. Gutierrez, Suite 9, Pojoaque

For more information, consult the county clerk’s web page (http://www.santafecountynm.gov/clerk) or call the Santa Fe County Clerk’s Office (505-986-6280).

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