Commissioners discuss revamping beautification group

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer City commissioners universally believe in Clovis pride, and keeping Clovis beautiful. Getting from one to the other, though, brought some disagreement Thursday. Commissioner Len Vohs is spearheading an effort to reorganize the Clovis Pride Committee as the Keep Clovis Beautiful Committee. Commissioners were considering an ordinance calling for a […]

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Bailey County says no to alcohol

By Sharna Johnson, CNJ staff writer Bailey County will remain dry. Voters have defeated a proposal that would have allowed the packaged sale of liquor, beer and wine.The proposal was defeated by 232 votes, with 1,241 voting against.Barry Cowart, president of Concerned Citizens of Bailey County,

Early voting heavy

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CNJ Staff Photo: Tony Bullocks Jill Whitehead, center, passes out absentee ballot to board members Monday, to verify that the ballots meet New Mexico qualifications. According to Beni Dampier, Curry County election coordinator, more people cast early votes this year than in 2004. CNJ Staff As the polls open today, officials said about 40 percent […]

Parmer, Bailey counties report increases in early voting

CNJ staff Election officials in Paramour and Bailey counties said they are seeing a significant increase in early voting. Early voting in Parmer County has increased about a 50 percent increase, according to Deputy Clerk Gerri Bowers. More than 300 voters so far have taken advantage of early voting, she said Tuesday. In Bailey County, […]

Oct. 24 Cannon Community

Early voting — Registered voters residing in Curry and Roosevelt counties can vote early at the following locations and times: Curry County: • Curry County Courthouse — 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 700 N. Main St., Suite 7. Through Nov. 1. • North Plains Mall (across from recruiters’ offices) — Noon to […]

Early voting detracts from Election Day

Freedom New Mexico Thousands of votes will be cast in eastern New Mexico before Election Day in less than two weeks. More than 20 percent of Clovis voters cast ballots early in the municipal election in March and, through Saturday, more than 1,200 from Curry County have already voted this time. Early voting, which began […]

Clerk’s office testing voting machines

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Freedom New Mexico: Sarah Meyer From left, Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins, Chief Deputy Clerk Linda Connelly, and Senior Clerk Nath Baca run sample ballots through the early and absentee voting machines Friday morning in the courthouse basement. The clerk’s office also will Freedom New Mexico

March 4 – Voting Baskett’s

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CNJ staff photo: Liliana Castillo Judy and Hank Baskett Jr. cast their vote at Marshall Junior High School during Tuesday’s municipal election.

Problems few in primary voting but tallying delays feared

The Associated Press Save for bad weather and scattered precincts that ran out of ballots, voting appeared to run smoothly Tuesday in four state primaries that drew record voter turnout. Heavy rain, sleet and ice forced at least 10 counties in Ohio to request permission to move, and a few polling spots were running on […]

Voting — a duty that makes you feel good

By Grant McGee: CNJ Columnist A few days ago I dropped in on Clovis Mayor David Lansford’s pharmacy to pick up some drugs. Um, I should clarify, I dropped in to pick up a prescription. I raised my hand in hello as I walked through the door and loudly proclaimed, “I sure am going to […]

More than 450 cast early votes in March 4 election

CNJ staff More than 450 Clovis voters have participated in early voting for the March 4 municipal elections through Thursday, according to City Clerk Leighann Melancon. Early voting started Feb. 6 and ends Feb. 29. Melancon said 201 people voted with absentee ballots and 262 people used voting machines. In the last municipal election in […]

Early voting begins

CNJ staff Early voting for the March 4 Clovis Municipal Election started Wednesday at the Bert Cabiness City Government Center, 321 Connelly St. Early voting will be open until the end of the month. Four commissioner seats and a mayor position are up for election. A proposal to allow Sunday alcohol sales is also on […]

Local Democrats can vote in early caucus

CNJ staff Holding a caucus on Super Tuesday allows local voters to take a more active roll in deciding the party’s presidential nomination, according to Mark Sweetman, chairman of the Democratic Party of Curry County. The Democratic caucus is being held statewide from noon to 7 p.m. Tuesday. “One advantage of the early caucus, with […]

Curry County Democrats to vote for presidential nominee

The Curry County Democrats submitted the following press release: On Tuesday, February 5, New Mexicans will vote in the Democratic Presidential Preference Caucus to choose which candidate will represent the Democratic Party in the November general election. Voting will take place from noon to 7:00 p.m. at 184 sites across New Mexico. The February 5 […]

Four vying to be next mayor of Clovis

By Sarah Meyer: CNJ city editor Four people have declared their intention to run for mayor of Clovis in the March 4 election. Mayor David Lansford has held the position for 12 years. In November, he announced he would not run again for personal reasons. Those who have declared their intention to run for mayor […]

Voting machine contract criticized

By Karl Terry: Freedom New Mexico County clerks across the state are speaking out against the high cost of a maintenance contract for recently purchased voting machines mandated by the federal government. A Nebraska firm, ES&S, sold the Secretary of State’s Office machines for every county in the state last year. With the machines now […]

Voting by mail gets my full support

By Kevin Wilson: CNJ staff writer In counties across New Mexico, voters had an opportunity Tuesday to decide important issues like school bonds. In the years since the disputed 2000 presidential election, voters have shown trepidation about whether their vote will count. The government’s response is the Help America Vote Act, which has mandated counties […]

Election process hindered, not helped, by feds

By Freedom Newspapers The curse of the hanging chads still haunts America. It isn’t all the fault of dunderheaded Floridians who threw the 2000 presidential election into turmoil because they couldn’t manage the simple mechanics of voting, however. The curse really began in 2002, when Congress attempted to fix what wasn’t really broken by passing […]

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 […]