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Posted: Saturday, May 31, 2014 10:38 pm

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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8 comments:

  • 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: 3078

    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: 146

    "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: 375

    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: 137

    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: 514

    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: 817

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

    Mike M Posts: 109

    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.

     

General election information

The New Mexico general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. On election day, all polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m..

Voter Registration:

For those who weren’t already registered voters, the last day to register in order to take part in this election was Oct. 7. If you have questions, call 505-986-6280.

Absentee Ballots:

You can apply for an absentee ballot up until Friday, Oct. 31, 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 Oct. 31. 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 Oct. 31, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., including lunch hours. Saturday voting at the clerk’s office will occur on Nov. 1 only, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The clerk’s office is closed Monday, Oct. 13, in observance of Columbus Day.

Early Voting at Alternate Sites:

Early voting at alternate sites begins Saturday, Oct. 18, and ends Saturday, Nov. 1. 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

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Where to vote on election day

Santa Fe County polling places, listed below by precincts, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 4, for voting in the 2014 general election. If you have any questions, contact the Santa Fe County Clerk's Office at (505) 986-6280.

1-- SOMBRILLO ELEMENTARY, 20 A N.M. 106

2-- SOMBRILLO ELEMENTARY, 20 A N.M. 106

3-- BENNY J. CHAVEZ CENTER, 354 A Juan Medina Rd.

4-- CUNDIYÓ COMMUNITY CENTER, 5 Jose Simon Drive

5-- EL RANCHO COMMUNITY CENTER, 394 County Road 84

6-- TESUQUE PUEBLO INTERGENERATIONAL CENTER, 39 TP 804

7-- RIO EN MEDIO COMMUNITY CENTER, 1 El Alto

8-- TESUQUE ELEMENTARY, 1555 Bishop's Lodge Road

9-- ACEQUIA MADRE ELEMENTARY, 700 Acequia Madre

10-- FORT MARCY COMPLEX, 490 Bishops Lodge Rd

11-- GONZALES COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 851 W. Alameda St

12-- LA CIENEGA COMMUNITY CENTER, 136 Camino San Jose

13-- HONDO FIRE STATION #2, 645 Old Las Vegas Hwy.

14-- TURQUOISE TRAIL ELEMENTARY, 13 A San Marcos Loop

15-- SOUTH MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY, 577 N.M. 344

16-- SOUTH MOUNTAIN ELEMENTARY, 577 N.M. 344

17-- GALISTEO COMMUNITY CENTER, 35 Avenida Vieja

18-- EDGEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL, 17 W. Venus Road

19-- STANLEY COMMUNITY CENTER, 13 W. Kinsell Ave.

20-- GONZALES COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 851 W. Alameda St.

21-- GONZALES COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 851 W. Alameda St.

22-- MONTEZUMA LODGE, 431 Paseo de Peralta

23-- NAMBÉ COMMUNITY/SENIOR CENTER, 180 A N.M. 503

24-- ACADEMY AT LARRAGOITE SCHOOL, 1604 Agua Fria St.

25-- ASPEN COMMUNITY MAGNET SCHOOL, 450 La Madera St.

26-- TIERRA ENCANTADA CHARTER SCHOOL @ ALVORD, 551 Alarid St.

27-- TIERRA ENCANTADA CHARTER SCHOOL @ ALVORD, 551 Alarid St.

28-- MONTEZUMA LODGE, 431 Paseo de Peralta

29-- SANTA FE COUNTY FAIR BUILDING, 3229 Rodeo Road

30-- FORT MARCY COMPLEX, 490 Bishops Lodge Road

31-- SALAZAR ELEMENTARY, 1231 Apache Ave.

32-- SALAZAR ELEMENTARY, 1231 Apache Ave.

33-- ASPEN COMMUNITY MAGNET SCHOOL, 450 La Madera St.

34-- SALAZAR ELEMENTARY, 1231 Apache Ave.

35-- NAVA ELEMENTARY, 2655 Siringo Road

36-- ACEQUIA MADRE ELEMENTARY, 700 Acequia Madre

37-- CAPSHAW MIDDLE SCHOOL, 351 W. Zia Road

38-- GENOVEVA CHAVEZ COMMUNITY CENTER, 3221 Rodeo Road

39-- GENOVEVA CHAVEZ COMMUNITY CENTER

40-- SAN ILDEFONSO PUEBLO VISITOR CENTER, 74 Povi Kaa Dr.

41-- DE VARGAS MIDDLE SCHOOL, 1720 Llano St.

42-- PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, 610 Alta Vista St.

43-- PUBLIC SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, 610 Alta Vista St.

44-- WOOD GORMLEY ELEMENTARY, 141 E. Booth St.

45-- UNITARIAN CHURCH,  107 W. Barcelona Road

46-- UNITARIAN CHURCH, 107 W. Barcelona Road

47-- ACEQUIA MADRE ELEMENTARY, 700 Acequia Madre

48-- ST. JOHN'S METHODIST CHURCH, 1200 Old Pecos TrailSanta Fe County

49-- GENOVEVA CHAVEZ COMMUNITY CENTER, 3221 Rodeo Road

50-- NAVA ELEMENTARY, 2655 Siringo Road

51-- DE VARGAS MIDDLE SCHOOL, 1720 Llano St.

52-- E.J. MARTINEZ ELEMENTARY, 401 W. San Mateo Road

53-- PASA TIEMPO SENIOR CENTER, 664 Alta Vista St.

54-- CAPSHAW MIDDLE SCHOOL, 351 W. Zia Rd.

55-- ST. JOHN'S METHODIST CHURCH, 1200 Old Pecos Trail

56-- SANTA FE COUNTY FAIR BUILDING, 3229 Rodeo Road

57-- GLORIETA FIRE STATION, 43 Fire Station Road

58-- ABEDON LOPEZ COMMUNITY CENTER, 155 A Camino De Quintana

59-- POJOAQUE MIDDLE SCHOOL, 1797 N.M. 502

60-- POJOAQUE MIDDLE SCHOOL, 1797 N.M. 502

61-- NAMBE COMMUNITY/SENIOR CENTER, 180 A N.M. 503

62-- LA CIENEGA COMMUNITY CENTER, 136 Camino San Jose

63-- EL DORADO COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 2 Avenida Torreon

64-- SWEENEY ELEMENTARY, 4100 S. Meadows Road

65-- EL DORADO COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 2 Avenida Torreon

66-- AGUA FRÍA COMMUNITY CENTER, 1 Prairie Dog Loop

67-- RAMIREZ THOMAS ELEMENTARY, 3200 Calle Po Ae Pi

68-- HONDO FIRE STATION #2, 645 Old Las Vegas Hwy.

69-- EL DORADO COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 2 Avenida Torreon

70-- AMY BIEHL COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 301 Avenida del Sur

71-- EL DORADO COMMUNITY SCHOOL, 2 Avenida Torreon

72-- ST. JOSEPH'S PARISH HALL, 2 E. Waldo St.

73-- EDGEWOOD ELEMENTARY, 171 N.M. 344

74-- GENOVEVA CHAVEZ COMMUNITY CENTER, 3221 Rodeo Road

75-- SWEENEY ELEMENTARY, 4100 S. Meadows Road

76-- CHAPARRAL ELEMENTARY, 2451 Avenida Chaparral

77-- CHAPARRAL ELEMENTARY, 2451 Avenida Chaparral

78-- SANTA FE COUNTY FAIR BUILDING, 3229 Rodeo Road

79-- ABEDON LOPEZ COMMUNITY CENTER, 155 A Camino De Quintana

80-- AGUA FRÍA COMMUNITY CENTER, 1 Prairie Dog Loop

81-- CAPSHAW MIDDLE SCHOOL, 351 W. Zia Road

82-- LAS TIERRAS FIRE STATION, 6 Arroyo Calabasas Road

83-- UNITY CHURCH OF SANTA FE, 1212 Unity Way

84-- EDGEWOOD ELEMENTARY, 171 N.M. 344

85-- EDGEWOOD MIDDLE SCHOOL, 17 W. Venus Road

86-- ORTIZ MIDDLE SCHOOL, 4164 S. Meadows Road

87-- NAMBÉ PUEBLO TRIBAL ADMINISTRATIVE BUILDING, 15 Bayay Poe

88-- TURQUOISE TRAIL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL, 13 A San Marcos Loop

89-- CÉSAR CHÁVEZ ELEMENTARY, 6251 Jaguar Dr.

 

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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