Voter turnout second lowest of at-large mayoral races

CNJ staff Voter turnout for the Clovis municipal election was about double the amount for the 2010, non-mayoral race. But the 27.5 percent turnout was the second-lowest turnout, percentage-wise, of the five elections that have featured an at-large mayoral race. The highest turnout came in 1996, the first year the city elected a mayor at-large. […]

Early voter turnout for Portales alcohol election low

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Alisa Boswell: Portales News-Tribune Vines Italian Restaurant server Idette Spears cleans wine glasses Tuesday afternoon. Owner Mark Vigil said the restaurant will begin staying open on Sundays, whether the Dec. 13 special election passes or not. The election is to decide if Portales restaurants will be allowed to sell alcohol on Sundays. Alisa Boswell Early […]

Clerks estimating low voter turnout in primary

By Argen Duncan: Freedom New Mexico In the wake of Tuesday’s primary elections, county clerks are estimating voter turnout was low, and local political activists are looking forward to the November general election. In Roosevelt County, County Clerk Janet Collins said 26 percent of eligible voters came to the polls. In the county’s individual parties, […]

Early voting turnout low in Clovis

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CNJ staff photo: Tony Bullocks Clovis City Clerk Leighann Melancon, right, swears in Nita Biekkola as an election judge Monday at city hall. Biekkola will preside over the election site at Living Stones Community Church of the Nazarene. By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer If early voting numbers are any indication, today’s city elections will […]

Relay raises more than $90,000

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The Women Medical Center Kristie’s Team pose for a team photo during the Clovis Relay for Life Saturday. Courtesy of Dorothy Nelson By Clarence Plank: Freedom New Mexico A warm spring night and huge turnout combined for one of the most successful Relay for Life fundraisers yet in Clovis. As of Saturday, the annual American […]

County officials: Turnout similar to ’04 race

By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer Despite the historic nature of Tuesday’s general election, voter turnout in Curry County only mirrored results of the 2004 general election. The Curry County Clerk’s office reported a 64 percent voter turnout on Tuesday. Voter turnout in the county was 65 percent in the 2004 election. County election manager […]

Voter turnout mild in smaller municipalities

CNJ staff Most small municipalities in the region had uncontested elections Tuesday with mild voter turnout by comparison to Clovis numbers. In Melrose, Hulin P. Cargile, Tuck N. Monk and Darrel L. Bostwick took council seats in heated races that included two write-in candidates. In Portales, incumbents Gary Watkins and Michael Miller took the two […]

Tuesday highest Clovis voter turnout in six years

CNJ staff A combination of races resulted in Clovis’ highest voter turnout in six years. A total of 5,303 voters took part in Tuesday’s city election, 33.6 percent of the 15,764 total registered voters. City Clerk LeighAnn Melancon said the mayor’s race, won by Gayla Brumfield, combined with four city commission races and a successful […]

Clinton, Obama await NM caucus tally, Dem officials under fire

The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE — Democrats are preparing to examine about 17,000 provisional ballots that will determine a winner in New Mexico’s tightly contested presidential caucus, as party officials come under sharp criticism for how they managed the troubled election. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson says he’s “deeply disturbed” by problems and long lines at caucus […]

Health fair covers broad range

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CNJ staff photo: Sharna Johnson While her 3-year-old son Leonardo looks on, Nadia Martinez, top right, gets a lesson from Karen Burns of the Clovis Fire Department on installing an infant child seat for her 3-month-old child Ibana during Wednesday’s Cameo Health Fair. By Sharna Johnson: Freedom Newspapers Fingerprinting, immunizations, search-and-rescue dogs, fire safety, hygiene, […]

Early voting turnout consistent to previous years

CNJ Staff Seven percent of Curry County’s registered voters have exercised their right to vote during early voting that began Oct. 10. The general election is Nov. 7. According to Curry County Deputy Clerk and Election Administrator Coni Jo Lyman, 1,498 of 21,179 registered voters have already cast their ballots. The county clerk’s office has […]

Early voter turnout average

CNJ staff photo: Andy DeLisleJames and Sharon Lefebvre vote early at the Curry County clerk’s office on Monday. “It’s a lot easier on us,” he said. “We don’t have to fight the traffic on the day of the election.” By Tonya Fennell: CNJ Staff Writer With a smile on his face and a marked ballot […]

Voting turnout about average: Primary draws about 20 percent of registered voters.

By Marlena Hartz CNJ STAFF WRITER In Curry County and surrounding areas, voter turnout in the Tuesday primary was lackluster, once again. About 20 percent of registered voters in Curry County cast ballots in the race, according to unofficial poll results available on the New Mexico Secretary of State Web site, www.sos.state.nm.us. By turning the […]

Early voting gets higher-than-expected turnout

By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer Early voting turnout has been higher than expected for a gubernatorial primary election, according to officials. A heated sheriff’s race is one of the main factors, according to Deputy County Clerk Connie Jo Lyman. Typically presidential elections bring in more voters than gubernatorial races, but this year’s early votes […]

Multiple candidates spark voter interest

By Andy Jackson: CNJ staff writer Multiple candidates led to strong voter turnout in Fort Sumner and Melrose on Tuesday. Fewer candidates likely led to low voter turnout in Clovis and Texico, officials said. In Fort Sumner, 53 percent of voters turned out, the region’s highest participation, with Melrose chalking up 38 percent. In Clovis, […]

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 […]

America: Best thing going on the planet

by Grant McGee On Wednesday morning we’ll wake up in a new America. A revolution will have occurred overnight. The federal executive regime in charge in Washington will either repulse the opposition or be overrun by it. It ought to be a relatively quiet revolution as it has been for over 200 years, the battle […]

Democrats using polarization tactics

by Thomas Sowell Every election year there are great alarms in the media that not enough Americans vote. Supposedly this shows there is something wrong at the core of our society. In reality, societies where different groups are at each other’s throats often have high voter turnout, as each fears the worst if some other […]