Cost shouldn’t matter when it comes to voting

Freedom Newspapers The continued value of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 was made clear just two weeks ago when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that in one Texas congressional district, Republican Party leaders had robbed Hispanics of political influence by using district boundaries to split Hispanic populations. Key provisions of the bill, added in […]

County wants equal magistrate districts

By Tonya Garner: CNJ Staff Writer Curry County officials have recommended creating two contiguous and equally populated districts for the Curry County Magistrate Court voting system. The Curry County Commission made the recommendation in response to a joint lawsuit filed by Clovis residents Terry Martin and Johnny Chavez. The joint lawsuit, filed in May, was […]

Voting Rights Act in need of revision

By Mona Charen: Syndicated columnist A devil’s brew of cynicism on one side and demagoguery on the other seemed to guarantee renewal of the “temporary” features of the Voting Rights Act first passed in 1965. The demagogues are straightforward. The Rev. Bob Edgar, general secretary of the National Council of Churches USA, declared, “Voting rights […]

Candidate profile: Vickie Perea

Vickie S. Perea of Albuquerque is running unopposed in the June primary for the Republican nomination for Secretary of State. She was born and raised in Los Lunas. Married for 43 years, she has two sons. She is a former president of the Albuquerque City Council and serves on the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce board […]

Candidate profile: Letitia Montoya

Letitia Montoya, 43, is a candidate for the Democratic nominee for New Mexico secretary of state in the June 6 primary election. The secretary of state is the third-highest state office, after the governor and lieutenant governor, and fills in for them when they are out of state. New Mexico’s chief elections officer, the secretary […]

Voter turnout dropping

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Clovis Bureau of Elections Coordinator Stephanie Boydstun enters voter registration information into the state system Friday afternoon at the county clerk’s office. (Staff photo: Sharna Johnson) By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Statistics show a significant decrease in voter turnout in the last municipal election, which has some candidates concerned. The next municipal election is […]

Texans voting on gay marriage amendment

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Eighty Bailey County residents had cast their vote by Friday afternoon on a constitutional amendment that would ban same-sex marriage in their state, according to court Clerk Paula Benton. Texas statutes already prohibit same-sex marriage, but the constitutional amendment — which defines marriage as a union only between one […]

State mandates voting changes

By Tonya Garner: CNJ staff writer Although the next Curry County election isn’t until June, local officials are already preparing for nearly two dozen state-mandated changes. The most drastic will be in the voter-identification process. Curry County Voting Administrator Coni Jo Lyman said voters will be required to show proof of identity using at least […]

Lawsuit protests voting system

By Marlena Hartz: CNJ staff writer Since 1982, nine minority candidates attempted to fill the Curry County magistrate judge’s seat. None of them succeeded. At fault, according to Johnny Chavez, is the at-large voting system used in magistrate elections. The Clovis native, defeated twice pursuing the seat, says the system is flawed, part of lingering […]

Ex-felon voting issue for states, not the feds

CNJ staff There is an undeniable aura of partisan gamesmanship in the call by New York Sen. Hillary Clinton and other Democrats to make election day a federal holiday to encourage more people to vote, and to allow ex-felons to vote. A higher percentage of registered Republicans than Democrats tends to vote, and these proposals […]

Lifetime ban that keeps felons from voting is overkill

Freedom Newspapers The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear two cases concerning whether convicted felons should be denied the right to vote. Although the Supreme Court has absolute control over what cases it will take and the rationale in these two cases might not have been especially strong, this is an issue that is […]

Some still claim past election was stolen

by Jim Lee It’s time to write about something even more scary than Halloween — the election is Tuesday. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word scary. When things go reasonably close to the way they should, presidential elections are not evil occasions. Maybe it’s because of my legal training or all those political science classes […]

State voters speak up

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Gage Adair, 2, plays with his hat in the voter booth as his grandfather Glen Adair, both of Clovis, votes Saturday during early voting at the Curry County Courthouse. (staff photo: Eric Kluth) Staff and wire reports The marathon campaign season in New Mexico ends Tuesday. As of Saturday night 36 percent of Curry County’s […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Voter interest high in county

By David Irvin: CNJ staff writer Curry County is following a nationwide trend fueled by Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan groups pouring resources into registering voters, a push spurred by the near deadlock of the 2000 presidential race and polls that predict another tight election this year. According to the county clerk’s office, registration numbers are […]

DA race piques voter interest

By Eric Butler: CNJ CORRESPONDENT The combination of the availability of an alternate early voting site with the interest sparked by the district attorney’s race sent more Republicans to the polls in 2004 than the previous primary election. For the Democratic Party, where only one race was contested — State Senate District 7 — significantly […]

Company denies problem with voting program

By Jack King: CNJ STAFF WRITER Elections officials in two other New Mexico counties and a computer specialist with the state Bureau of Elections reported problems Wednesday with Insight voting machines similar to the problems Curry County officials encountered Tuesday night. A new state law requires county officials to report vote totals by precinct and […]