Ukraine election tainted by five missing ballots

Freedom Newspapers I t is hard to tell whether Ukraine is suffering the birth pangs of something resembling genuine democracy or the death throes of any hopes for democratic governance. Both sides in the recent and highly contested presidential election will need to be careful to avoid having the outcome decided by bullets rather than [...]

Several counties wrap up canvasses on deadline

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — John Kerry has picked up more votes in New Mexico as counties finish certifying the results of the Nov. 2 election, but not enough to overcome President Bush’s lead in the state. Kerry picked up 1,424 votes in the state’s most populous county, Bernalillo, and 579 votes in incomplete [...]

The wait continues in District 7

Staff and wire reports An official winner of the District 7 State Senate election will not be certain until statewide canvassing is complete two weeks from today. Incumbent Clint Harden, R-Clovis, held a 30-vote lead over Robert Frost, D-San Jon, after Colfax County canvassed their 10 provisional ballots Monday, finding six votes for Harden and [...]

Senate winner remains unclear

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer New Mexico Sen. Clint Harden said Saturday he is confident his narrow lead will stand and he will retain the District 7 senate seat. Even so, the Clovis Republican with a 37-vote lead over challenger Robert Frost, D-San Jon, said he is not yet willing to proclaim victory. He [...]

Estimated high turnout rivals 1960

The Associated Press WASHINGTON — Intense voter registration drives and keen interest in the presidential race put Tuesday’s election on track to draw the heaviest turnout in years. Officials were watching whether it would approach the 1960 benchmark, when about two-thirds of eligible voters came out to back John Kennedy or Richard Nixon. More than [...]

Making votes count

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Poll workers Codie McDowell (left) and Pam Sury receive instructions Monday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Mike Linn) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Months of anticipation and speculation are over. Talks of voter disenfranchisement, rights, turnouts, conflicting polls and political spin will culminate throughout the country today with the reaffirming of George [...]

County voters turning out early

Staff and wire reports More than 13 percent of Curry County’s registered voters have already cast their votes in this year’s general election, either by early voting or sending in absentee ballots. Coni Jo Lyman, chief deputy clerk of the Curry County Clerk’s Office, described this year’s election as “very hectic” for her office. “There’s [...]

Grammar on absentee ballot incorrect

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Curry County woman says misuse of Spanish grammar on the state absentee ballots’ inner envelope causes confusion as to whether the vote will be counted. Election officials have acknowledged the mistake but said all votes will be counted. Maria Cheverez said when she received her absentee ballot last [...]

Early, absentee voting nears 1,000 in primary

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent The number of people in Curry County who have early voted or requested an absentee ballot for the June 1 primary is nearing 1,000 people. As of Wednesday afternoon, 718 people had early voted. Officials at the Curry County Clerk’s Office said they had sent out 255 absentee ballots. During [...]

Texas area to vote on new senator today

By Michelle Seeber CNJ STAFF WRITER michelle_seeber@link.freedom.com Texas voters in Senate District 31 will cast their votes from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today to determine who will replace resigning Sen. Teel Bivins, R-Amarillo, who recently was appointed by President Bush to be the new ambassador to Sweden. There are seven candidates vying for the [...]