Election 2021

Live coverage on Election Day. Plus, useful links for voters.

By: - November 2, 2021 6:30 am

The line to vote at the Santa Fe County Fair Building on Tuesday afternoon stretched out of the polling station entrance and wrapped around the entire perimeter of the area between the door and the parking lot. (Photo by Austin Fisher / Source NM)

 

The Source New Mexico team was in the field all Election Day, talking with voters and scoping the lines at the polls.

1 year ago

As the results roll in

By: - 10:35 pm

New Mexico PBS, KUNM News and Source NM bring you analysis, reactions and results.

Last updated: 9:30 am

1 year ago

Tim Keller declares victory in ABQ mayor’s race

By: - 10:22 pm
Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller prepares to sign a resolution passed by the city council that acknowledges the atrocities committed in the city during the federal Indian boarding school era. On Tuesday night, he declared victory in his fight for re-election. (Photo by Sharon Chischilly for Source NM)

Incumbent Albuquerque mayor Tim Keller has declared victory in his re-election race.

“I just want to thank you so much for keeping Keller for another four years,” he said to cheers at his watch party, per video of the event from KKOB-TV reporter Kai Porter.

As of 10:15 p.m., Keller was ahead over his opponents by wide margins. Voter turnout has already surpassed the 2017 municipal election and runoff in which Keller was elected.

Keller had received 66,051 votes (56%). Sheriff Manuel Gonzales got 30,139 (26%). And Eddy Aragon had 21,654 (18%).

If Aragon’s margin stands, the conservative radio host will have outperformed expectations and a recent Albuquerque Journal poll, which predicted him to receive 13% of the total.

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Keller says he ‘respects voters’ choice’ to vote against stadium

By: - 9:53 pm

 

Incumbent Mayor Tim Keller addresses the audience at the mayoral forum hosted by the New Mexico Black Voters Collaborative at Highland High School on Monday, Sept. 27. (Photo by Shelby Kleinhans for Source NM)

Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller acknowledged Tuesday evening that the vote for a New Mexico United stadium in Albuquerque was headed toward a failure.

“In considering a publicly owned, multi-use stadium for affordable fun for Albuquerque families, we felt it was important to let voters choose if they supported bonding, that would not increase taxes,” he said in a statement. “Tonight, we respect the voters’ decision not to do so. We appreciate everyone, on both sides, who took part in the vigorous conversation over the past months and showed up to decide this important issue for our city.”

As of 9:50 p.m., about 65% of voters had voted against the stadium.

Carrie Robin Brunder, speaking on behalf of New Mexico United For All, told a panel of journalists Tuesday night that her group is “disappointed” by the outcome, but that the fight for a stadium isn’t over. She said fans across the city love New Mexico United and that she hopes they are willing to stay open-minded to a new proposal.

“I think if we had more time to explain some of the issues the outcome could have been different,” she said, “but election day is election day.”

Asked whether the team would pursue a private financing model rather than using $50 million in taxpayer money, she said it’s too soon to say but that it was obvious the voters rejected public financing for a stadium in the Downtown locations proposed.

Last updated: 9:55 pm

1 year ago

Lindell and Chavez leading in Santa Fe Council races

By: - 9:32 pm

Early results in the Santa Fe City Council elections showed two of the three contested races likely decided.

In District 1, incumbent councilor Signe Lindell was leading at 9:17 p.m. with 3,158 of the 5,110 ballots reported, or 62%. Brain Patrick Gutierrez had 1,034 votes, or 19%, Joe Hoback had 606 votes or 13%, and Roger Michael Carson had 312 votes or 6%.

The race in District 3 was much closer at that point in the night, with Lee Garcia holding 52% of the vote against Roman Abeyta’s 48%.

In District 4, Amanda Camille Chavez had a strong lead with 76% of the vote against Rebecca Romero’s 24%.

Councilor Carol Romero-Wirth ran unopposed for her District 2 seat.

1 year ago

First Albuquerque results: Keller in lead, stadium bond opposed

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First results released by the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office at 7:51 p.m. show incumbent Mayor Tim Keller in the lead, with 59% out of 75,903 ballots counted so far, while Manny Gonzales has 25% and Eddy Aragon has 16%.

With no precincts fully reporting yet and 75,311 ballots counted so far, 66% of voters are against the $50 million bond question for the New Mexico United stadium, with 34% for.

All above figures are preliminary results.

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First results: Webber leading in Santa Fe, broad support for school bonds

By: - 7:38 pm

The first batch of results released by Santa Fe County at 7:16 p.m., encompassing 9,538 voters, showed incumbent Mayor Alan Webber leading with 5,595 votes over Joanne Vigil Coppler’s 3,228 and Alexis Martinez Johnson’s 715.

These are early, preliminary results and no precincts have fully reported their numbers, according to the Secretary of State’s website as of 7:38 p.m.

Early returns show support for the Santa Fe Public School District’s General Obligation (G.O.) bond question for school buildings. With only partial results, the bond question was 79% “yes” and 21% “no.” A similar pattern was present for the district’s continuation of property tax for school buildings (74% yes, 26% no).

Similar patterns held for the Albuquerque Public Schools property tax levy and G.O. bonds, and Pojoaque Valley School District’s G.O. bonds.

(Courtesy of New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office)

Last updated: 1:23 pm

1 year ago

Election results delayed due to long lines at 5 Bernalillo County locations

By: - 7:35 pm
This is Clerk’s Annex polling location around 6:50 p.m. at Lomas Street and 15th Street. Between 50 and 70 people were in line, with more arriving. (Photo by Marisa Demarco)

Long lines in Bernalillo County mean election results will be delayed, according to a Bernalillo County official.

There are still waits of at least 20 minutes at the following locations, said Kristal Martinez, spokesperson:

  • Petroglyph
  • Andalucia
  • Los Ranchos
  • Clerk’s annex

She also said the polling place on 98th Street has about a 10-minute wait, as well.

“There were just long lines,” she said. “A big crowd showed up.”

The turnout so far is on track to beat the last mayoral election, which has surprised some observers.

This is Clerk’s Annex polling location around 6:50 p.m. at Lomas Street and 15th Street. Between 50 and 70 people were in line, with more arriving. (Photo by Marisa Demarco)

 

Last updated: 7:53 pm

1 year ago

What Common Cause NM director is watching for as polls close

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Heather Ferguson, executive director of Common Cause

Heather Ferguson is the executive director of New Mexico’s branch of Common Cause, an organization dedicated to voter rights and improving democracy.

Her organization has paid close attention to democracy initiatives around the state and how well they’re increasing turnout, participation and political knowledge here.

Ferguson told Source New Mexico on Tuesday afternoon that she’s paying attention to a few things as the polls close today. Polls close at 7 p.m., but voters can still vote after 7 p.m. as long as they’re in line at 7 p.m.

Ferguson said she visited the Holly Shopping Plaza in the Heights in Albuquerque to find a line wrapped around the building and at least an hour wait. She also referenced an update from State Sen. Dede Feldman, in which she said turnout will likely beat the last mayoral election’s in 2017.

“We are excited to see such high participation by the voters!” Ferguson said in a text message. “It shows that folks are staying engaged in the process and know that all elections matter for the quality of their daily lives.”

Ferguson said she was worried turnout would drop to the levels seen two mayoral elections ago, when just 8% of voters turned out, she said. Last year’s election saw record turnout across the country, but it was polarizing and many voters feared intimidation. So Ferguson wasn’t sure what to expect, she said.

“It’s really important that voters make it a habit to turn out and vote in every election because democracy requires full participation. It really does,” she said. “The system does not thrive on an 8% voter turnout.”

She’s also paying attention to how Santa Fe and Las Cruces do with their second election cycles with ranked-choice voting, she said. She predicted that few voters would actually rank candidates in Santa Fe’s race, which she said was polarized enough that many voters would see just one candidate as worthy of their votes.

And the stadium bond issue in Albuquerque might have driven some voters to the poll, she said. She said she couldn’t think of another more polarizing bond issue in the city since 2004, when voters were deciding whether to approve a Paseo del Norte project that would affect the Petroglyph National Monument.

“It typically seems that there there are issues like this that have voters paying more close attention to the bonds, how those bonds are being funded, and what they’re putting in place in their communities and whether or not they want them there,” she said.

Campaign signs stretch down the sidewalk outside the Clerk’s Annex in Albuquerque on Tuesday, Nov. 2, around lunchtime. (Photo by Marisa Demarco / Source NM)

Last updated: 5:49 pm

1 year ago

Polling place back up in Santa Fe after power outage

By: - 2:49 pm

Lines of voters snaked around pillars inside the Montezuma Lodge just before midday on Election Day. A crush of voters in Santa Fe’s District 1 packed the lodge in part because another polling place was out of commission.

A poll worker was overheard saying that there was a power outage at the polling place at Gonzales Elementary School, so many voters who would normally cast ballots there came to the lodge.

County Clerk Katharine Clark wrote in an email that the power was out for about 20 minutes and is now fixed.

“We used the emergency bin on the tabulator to secure the ballots for tally,” Clark wrote. “Tabulators have been on and functioning since the issue was fixed.”

Clark wrote so far there have been no other power-related issues in the election.

“We are hoping for smooth sailing for the rest of the day,” she wrote.

As of 1 p.m., 17,183 people had voted in Santa Fe County, according to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office. Of those 77% were registered Democrats, 12% were registered Republicans and the remaining were Libertarians or did not state their party affiliations.

A sticker on the floor of the Montezuma Lodge asks voters to maintain social distancing on Election Day. The Lodge was packed just before noon in part due to a nearby polling place being briefly closed by a power outage. (Photo by Austin Fisher / Source NM)

Last updated: 7:48 pm

1 year ago

Voters talk oil and gas, tourism and homelessness in Santa Fe

By: - 2:34 pm

Voter Wendy Greenway said she cast her ballot to re-elect incumbent Mayor Alan Webber and Councilor Signe Lindell. Webber is running against Joanne Vigil Coppler for mayor.

“Councilor Lindell brings the community together,” Greenway said. “And the mayor currently right now is really bringing us up to where we really need to be in terms of this city and being the oldest capital city in the United States. We’re so far behind. I think that he brings the innovation and the progressiveness to bring us to where we need to be.”

Dennis Snider said he voted for the most conservative candidates in the election “and to try to get some local wisdom here. I think Coppler’s the one for that.”

“(She took) a tougher stance on crime and bad behavior,” Snider said. “I think that means a lot to this community. Webber may have done a good job bringing some new ideas and cleaning up some things, but I think we need a bigger perspective than that.”

Snider said statewide, there’s so much emphasis put on the environment, “that we need a really good appreciation for our oil and gas industry, and industry as a whole.”

Tourism is not going to save the state, Snider said. “It’s going to be oil and gas, and everybody is just so down on that.”

Greenway said she wished the candidates had talked more about the issue of homelessness, how they plan to handle people living on the streets, and whether and where they would build any homeless shelters.

Phillip Kovnat grew up in Santa Fe and moved back to the city in June. He voted for Webber for mayor because he thinks Webber has done a pretty good job in general.

“The things that people are upset about seem to be not really his fault,” Kovnat said.

Instructions for filling out a ballot posted within a voting booth Tuesday inside a polling place in Santa Fe. (Photo by Austin Fisher / Source NM)

1 year ago

Fewer than 2,000 same-day registrations counted across NM

By: - 2:07 pm

Today was supposed to be the first Election Day in New Mexico in which you could show up at a polling place, register to vote and cast a ballot.

But, according to reporting by KUNM, an official with the Secretary of State’s office opted not to go forward with same-day registration this year, citing the need for technical improvements and other upgrades. Elections director Mandy Vigil told a panel of lawmakers that same-day voting will be possible in the 2022 primary elections at the earliest, KUNM reported.

Same-day registration was allowed earlier this year for the special Congressional election, in which U.S. Rep. Melanie Stansbury (D-Albuquerque) won with 60% of the vote. On that election day, a little over 2,000 people registered to vote and then voted, which was about 2% of the total.

Even though same-day registration is not allowed today, it has been allowed for years during early voting.

The Secretary of State’s office on Tuesday released data on how many voters did same-day registration this year and where they’re from. In total, 1,919 voters registered on the day they cast their ballots. Of them, 965 are Democrats.

Check out a chart below with details about where these voters registered and their political parties.

County DEM REP LIB DTS OTH Total
Bernalillo 724 438 13 215 1 1391
Catron 0 0 0 1 0 1
Chaves 1 8 0 1 0 10
Cibola 1 0 0 1 0 2
Colfax 0 1 0 0 0 1
Curry 3 10 0 1 0 14
De Baca 1 0 0 0 0 1
Dona Ana 35 18 1 11 0 65
Eddy 2 13 1 2 0 18
Grant 12 1 0 3 0 16
Guadalupe 6 0 0 0 0 6
Harding 0 1 0 0 0 1
Lea 0 3 0 1 0 4
Lincoln 7 12 2 1 0 22
Los Alamos 13 9 0 9 0 31
Luna 0 1 0 1 0 2
McKinley 7 2 0 3 0 12
Otero 3 17 0 3 0 23
Quay 5 0 0 4 0 9
Rio Arriba 5 1 0 3 0 9
Roosevelt 0 1 0 1 0 2
San Juan 1 11 0 2 0 14
San Miguel 5 1 0 0 0 6
Sandoval 36 15 0 6 0 57
Santa Fe 68 14 2 26 0 110
Sierra 4 15 0 5 0 24
Socorro 6 3 1 2 0 12
Taos 0 0 0 1 0 1
Torrance 2 3 0 5 0 10
Union 3 4 0 3 0 10
Valencia 15 16 0 4 0 35
Total 965 618 20 315 1 1919

Last updated: 3:24 pm

1 year ago

Santa Fe County close to 16% voter turnout

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1 year ago

The lunchtime line is long at the Clerk’s Annex in Downtown ABQ

By: - 12:50 pm

It’s not the massive 2020 election, but if the lunchtime line at a heavily trafficked voting center near Old Town and Downtown Albuquerque is any indication, turnout this year could be strong.

The line at the Clerk’s Annex is long during the lunch hour, stretching around the parking lot and spilling out onto the sidewalk. But there are many options for polling locations in the regular local elections across the state today, and you can likely find a less busy one near you using the Secretary of State’s website.

If you’re in Bernalillo County, there are 72 Election Day Convenience Centers, and you can cast a ballot at any one. (You can also drop your filled-out absentee ballot at those locations.)

“This election is bigger than you think,” writes Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover. “It will impact you and your family directly. I urge you all to get out and vote. Whether you’re out shopping, dropping off the kids at school, or running errands you will find a voting site near you. So please stop and vote.”

The line at the Clerk’s Annex (1500 Lomas NW) in Albuquerque is long during the lunch hour on Election Day. (Photo by Marisa Demarco / Source NM)

Last updated: 5:50 pm

1 year ago

Soccer stadium supporters make final push to undecided voters

By: - 12:28 pm
A mural by artist Bon Las sits below a streetlight in front of the New Mexico United shop located on the corner of Central and Carlisle in Nob Hill. (Photo by Shelby Kleinhans for Source NM)

In the final day to reach voters, the New Mexico United For All campaign is targeting people with as much information as possible about the municipal ballot initiative asking for $50 million to help fund a soccer stadium in Albuquerque.

“The initial polling, it’s no lie, had us pretty far behind,” said New Mexico United For All Political Director Carrie Robin Brunder. “But we have really turned this campaign into more of a grassroots, one-on-one conversation effort in the last three weeks. Because we feel like there’s so much misinformation out there, that that’s just been the most important way to talk people through their concerns.”

This led the effort to walk voters through the community benefit agreement, mainly addressing concerns such as the proposed location in Barelas. Robin Brunder said her team reminded voters the stadium location is not set.

“If Barelas doesn’t want the stadium, it will not be built there. It can’t be under the CBA,” she said. “That’s also changed a lot of minds, because it’s opened up their mind into envisioning the stadium in different parts of town that seemed to be more appealing to them.”

New Mexico United For All, the independent campaign for the stadium, is looking to reach 10,000 voters that are either undecided or leaning toward support for the bond measure. Robin Brunder said many are young voters who were children when Albuquerque voted for a similar bond measure to renovate Isotopes Stadium, the soccer team’s current home. This means the campaign is also educating voters on how the bond process works.

“A lot of our voters are younger, which is also really great because some of them have never worked in campaigns before,” she said. “Some of them are talking to voters who have registered to vote but they’ve never voted ever before in their lives.”

Last updated: 1:43 pm

1 year ago

Bernalillo County releases early voting, absentee numbers

By: - 12:06 pm

Nearly 100,000 voters have cast early, absentee or election day ballots so far in the municipal elections in Bernalillo County, according to the County Clerk’s Office.

That represents 22.5% of registered voters, according to Kristal Martinez, a spokesperson for the office.

Of the 99,947 votes cast so far, 68,519 were cast early, 16,404 are absentee ballots and 15,024 people have voted across the county already today, Martinez said.

Martinez said she was impressed by the turnout so far.

In the last local election in 2019, just 43,706 voters voted early.

Last updated: 12:55 pm

1 year ago

Returning your absentee ballot today?

By: - 9:01 am

It’s Election Day. Maybe you have an absentee ballot you forgot to drop in the mail. No sweat. You can hand deliver your ballot at any polling location. Find the one nearest to you on the Secretary of State’s website. You can also bring it to your County Clerk’s Office.

It has to be there by 7 p.m. today to be counted.

Only you, a caregiver or member of the your immediate family—spouse, children, parents or siblings—can deliver your absentee ballot for you. If someone drops off your ballot, they will have to sign the official return envelope.

Maybe you did stick it in the mail a couple of days ago. You can track the status of your absentee ballot here.

All of this info comes from New Mexico’s Secretary of State.

VOTER INFO

What are you voting on?

Head into the booth prepared:

Scope a sample ballot

Dig through Source NM’s coverage so far

The League of Women Voters has its Voter Guides available, too, for:

Bernalillo County

Santa Fe County

Las Cruces

Los Alamos

Find your nearest polling location

You cannot register to vote on Election Day, but you can cast a ballot.

Check your voter registration

Your right to vote is protected. You can expect to be treated respectfully by election officials, to vote in private and to bring someone to assist you if you need help accessing, reading or marking your ballot.

At the polls, no one can confront you, raise their voice with you, threaten or insult you under the law.

Voter Bill of Rights

If you run into trouble at the polls, or if there’s anything unusual at your polling place, the Office of the Secretary of State has a number you can call to report:

1-800-477-3632

The Election Protection coalition works around the country to protect voters’ rights. They’ve got hotlines ready to hear from voters about problems they may experience:

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Marisa Demarco
Marisa Demarco

Marisa Demarco is an Albuquerque-based journalist and lifelong New Mexican whose work has won national and regional awards. She's spent almost two decades as a reporter, producer and newsroom leader, co-founding the New Mexico Compass, and editing and writing for the Weekly Alibi, the Albuquerque Tribune and UNM's Daily Lobo. She began a career in radio full-time at KUNM News in late 2013 and covered public health and criminal legal reform for much of the last seven years. During the pandemic, she was also the executive producer for “Your NM Gov” and “No More Normal,” shows focused on the varied impacts of COVID-19 and community response, as well as racial and social justice.

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