Proposal an invitation to voter fraud

Freedom New Mexico More dead people could be voting if U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has his way. Speaking last week at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library in Austin, Texas, Holder decried new laws in South Carolina and Texas that require voters to present a state-issued ID at the polls. He said the Justice […]

Opponents say affordable housing plan unnecessary

Sharna Johnson Voter defeat of an Affordable Housing Ordinance city officials say was designed to create incentives for private industry to develop housing for low-income residents doesn’t mean housing won’t be built, according to opponents of the measure. Semi-retired banker Darrel Nance said if government gets out of the way and the demand exists, private […]

Officials say voting traffic steady

CNJ staff By mid-afternoon Tuesday, it had already been a busy day for election workers. Curry County Clerk Connie Jo Lyman said her office phones have been ringing non-stop with voter questions and poll workers are reporting continuous traffic. “Every report we’re hearing is that it is very steady, so we may have a good […]

Lawsuit calls for MVD to offer voter registration forms

Kevin Wilson A non-profit group is hoping its efforts will drive more people to the voting booth this November and in elections beyond that. The New Mexico Department of Motor Vehicles recently entered a settlement with Project Vote, bringing the state department in compliance with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. The act requires […]

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, […]

County clerks busy preparing for upcoming election

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Jennifer Martinez of Clovis visited the Curry County clerks office Tuesday to change her address in her voting registration information. Martinez, a speech therapist, said she plans to vote early. By Sharna Johnson: CNJ staff writer A week before the deadline, the Curry County clerk’s office has been busy processing […]

Letters to the Editor: Malkin made me an Obama voter

Regarding last Sunday’s Michelle Malkin column (“Team Obama tactics ‘in your face’”): The article was uninformed fear mongering. It portrayed anyone who sports a sign supporting Obama as being confrontational. I have never had a problem of the type that was so graphically spelled out in this article. Malkin has accomplished something with this article […]

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 […]

Local Roundup: Candidate deadline near

CNJ staff Any person who plans to run for political office in the June Primary must make any necessary changes to their voter registration before 5 p.m. Monday, according the Curry County Clerk’s office. The potential candidate’s voter registration must show their correct address and political party affiliation to be included on the ballot. The […]

Informed minority better than uninformed masses

By Ned Cantwell: State Columnist The reason I don’t drive a fancy Lexus or jet off to Europe on regular weekend getaways, I guess, is because I can’t come up with the revolutionary idea, the million-dollar brainstorm that will change how people live or how society conducts itself. Worse than that, I am not sure […]

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 […]

Voter ID cards awful waste of money

Ned Cantwell State Columnist Hollywood daydreamers sit around a conference table doing what they do best, daydreaming about the sitcom sensation that will shower upon them unfathomable wealth. Through the door you can hear this dialogue: I’ve got it. ER was huge. Let’s write one called DB. DB! Love it. Short for Detective Barney? Nah. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Politically ignorant people should not vote

by Mona Charen Here they come — the earnest exhortations to get out and vote. You’ll be hearing it from television newscasters, MTV, newspaper ads, radio talk show hosts, weathermen, schoolteachers … you get the idea. Everyone has a duty to vote, they will say. No they don’t. If a person is utterly ignorant about […]

Federal program educates military personnel on electoral process

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer As the Nov. 2 election comes to a head, Cannon Air Force Base personnel will have the special assistance of trained voting representatives to assist them in a myriad of voting issues. The federal voting assistance program provides that for every 100 people in the military there should be […]

State defending ballot wording

By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The New Mexico Secretary of State’s office is standing by a Spanish translation on the inner envelope of the state’s absentee ballots. The translation has been questioned by a Curry County woman claiming an incorrect translation causes confusion to whether the votes will be counted. Maria Cheverez of Clovis […]

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 […]