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Gillian Marquez, 5, plays with a toy under a voting booth while her father, Jason Marquez, fills in his ballot Tuesday at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds.

It took Rosa Lopez an entire lifetime to fill out a ballot as a U.S. citizen.

On Tuesday morning, one of the country’s newest voters walked into one of Santa Fe’s busiest polling locations and performed her civic duty for the first time as an American — at the behest of another first-time voter, her teenage daughter, Tanya Medrano.

“I’ve been keeping up with stuff, and it seems it’s sort of crumbling around us, so I knew I had to have us come here,” Medrano said, gesturing toward her mother. “It’s the first chance either of us had to vote, and I didn’t want us missing it. It’s a big deal.”

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Marine veteran Jim Mendoza looks at his ballot before casting his vote Tuesday at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds.

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Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham waits to vote Tuesday at the Southside Branch Library. Lujan Grisham won reelection Tuesday night with a 52 percent to 46 percent victory over Republican Mark Ronchetti.



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Gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti speaks to the news media Tuesday before voting at La Cueva High School in Albuquerque.

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Pete Romero walks with his dog, Loca, to submit his ballot after voting Tuesday at the Santa Fe County Fairgrounds.

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