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Posted: Monday, May 12, 2014 8:45 pm | Updated: 12:53 pm, Tue May 20, 2014.

Olin Clawson, running for the state House of Representatives in an impoverished Gallup-area district, has put almost $105,000 of his own money into the campaign.

State legislators receive no salary, only expense money of $159 a day when they are working. Nonetheless, Clawson said he is tapping his personal wealth to try to unseat Rep. Patricia Lundstrom in the June 3 Democratic primary election.

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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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