Election Day 2022

Live coverage from the field. Results as they roll in.

By: - November 8, 2022 5:28 am

A polling site in Las Vegas, N.M. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 (Photo by Megan Gleason / Source NM)

It’s Tuesday, Nov. 8 — Election Day. Source New Mexico teamed up with KUNM News for all of our coverage leading up to the midterms. Today, our crew expands. In addition to KUNM, we collaborated with KSFR, New Mexico PBS, ICT and the Daily Lobo.

(— Marisa Demarco)

3 months ago

Former Española mayor becomes N.M. auditor

By: - 11:04 pm
(Photo courtesy of the Joseph Maestas campaign)

Former Española mayor Joseph Maestas, a Democrat, was elected state auditor on Tuesday, replacing Brian Colón. He defeated opponent Travis Steven Sanchez, a Libertarian, by 61.1% to 38.9%

The state auditor conducts regular financial reviews of state and local public entities and can step in to audit an agency if there are suspicions of mismanagement.

Current State Auditor Brian Colón left the office to run for New Mexico attorney general but lost in the Democratic primary in June to Raul Torrez.

Maestas, also a former city councilor for Santa Fe, sits on the Public Regulation Commission. He touted his 30 years as a civil engineer working at various levels of government and his accomplishments as an elected official. Sanchez entered the race late, replacing a write-in Libertarian candidate named Robert “Jason” Vaillancourt.

There was no Republican in the race.

Former Albuquerque Mayor Tim Keller was once a state auditor. It’s a common stepping stone to higher office in New Mexico.

It also has been held by Democrats almost every year since the 1970s, except for when Keller left the office early and was replaced by Republican Wayne Johnson via a gubernatorial appointment.

3 months ago

Gov. Lujan Grisham gets four more years

“I’ve made clear that the reason abortion is safe and legal in New Mexico is because I’m the governor,” Michelle Lujan Grisham said. (Photo by Shaun Griswold / Source NM)

New Mexicans have sent Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s back to the governor’s mansion for a second term, according to a race call by the Associated Press, with 51.2% of the vote over Republican Mark Ronchetti’s 46.4% and Libertarian Karen Bedonie’s 2.4%.

Lujan Grisham made access to abortion a centerpiece of her campaign.

“I’ve made clear that the reason abortion is safe and legal in New Mexico is because I’m the governor,” Lujan Grisham said.

She’s said she’ll push to have the right codified in state law in her second term.

Other key issues in the governor’s race were education, the economy and crime.

Lujan Grisham implemented teacher raises, tuition-free college, and expanded preschool in her first term. She defended pandemic school closures as difficult but effective at keeping children safe, and that she’s made investments to catch students up that need time to work, and told KUNM that future COVID mandates of any kind are off the table.

The governor also ran on tax rebates and cuts implemented during record inflation, and assured voters more relief is to come amid record state revenue.

All candidates for governor ran pro-police, tough-on-crime campaigns as Albuquerque copes with a record homicide rate.

3 months ago

Ronchetti concedes race for N.M. governor

By: - 10:04 pm
Mark Ronchetti conceded the race for New Mexico governor at about 9:40 p.m. on Tuesday night. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez / Source NM)

An emotional Mark Ronchetti was joined on stage by his wife and his daughter to give his concession speech to a stunned crowd in the Alvarado Ballroom at Hotel Albuquerque on Tuesday night.

The Republican challenger had been polling close to Democratic incumbent Michelle Lujan Grisham. In his speech, Ronchetti urged New Mexicans to work across party lines and better the lives of all New Mexicans.

As Ronchetti announced his loss at about 9:40 p.m., the Associated Press reported that Lujan Grisham had 53.1% of the vote to his 44.6%. At the time, 70% of the vote had been counted.

At the time of his concession, the Associated Press had not projected Lujan Grisham as the winner of the race, but the Albuquerque Journal had.

Libertarian candidate Karen Bedonie at the time had 2.3% of the vote.

3 months ago

Stansbury keeps her seat in Congressional District 1

By: - 9:27 pm
Representative Melanie Stansbury speaks on the importance of investing in broadband in the rural parts of New Mexico. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez for Source NM)

Democratic Congresswoman Melanie Stansbury has won another term representing Congressional District 1 against Republican Challenger Michelle Garcia Holmes, the Associated Press reports.

Stansbury won the seat initially in a special election to fill the slot after Deb Haaland was appointed Interior Secretary. With this victory, she will now have a full term in Congress.

As of 9:25 p.m., Stansbory led Garcia Holmes by a margin of 59% to 41%, having gotten more than 126,000 votes to the Republican’s 87,7000.

Stansbury has made it known that she supports abortion for all women in the state and has spent her time in Congress helping secure $2.5 billion in relief money for the Calf Canyon-Hermits Peak Fire and passing three water-related bills through the house.

“Everything is on the line this election. From our Democracy to our basic rights; to our ability to continue to deliver to New Mexico,” she said in interviews. 

KUNM reporter Jeanette DeDios contributed reporting.

3 months ago

N.M. voters approve millions in public education funding

By: - 9:19 pm
Even before the Associated Press projected the ballot initiative would pass, organizers were celebrating the victory. (Photo by Shaun Griswold / Source NM)

This election’s ballot asked a critical question to amend the state’s constitution with Amendment 1 and voters decided to pass the measure.

The Associated Press at 9:10 p.m. projected Constitutional Amendment 1 passed with 70.0% in favor, 30.0% against, 58.4% of the votes counted.

Voters supported an additional 1.25% be withdrawn from the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund, which is about $150 million to early childhood education and about $100 million for K-12 education.

The crowd at the watch party got the news and took the babies home to sleep where they will wake up in a state ready to invest hundreds of millions into public education.

Exactly how the money is to be spent is to be determined, but advocates have pointed to potential impacts like raising teacher salaries, universal child care, and funding at home visiting programs for families.

With the passage of Amendment 1, activists hope to focus on those early years in a child’s life in order to improve our dismal rankings in areas like education and child well being.

3 months ago

Leger Fernandez keeps CD3 seat

By: - 9:04 pm
Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez for Source NM)

New Mexico voters have approved another term for Rep. Teresa Leger Fernandez.

The Democrat won her second term with 54% of the vote as of 8:53 p.m. Early voting numbers showed an early lead that was insurmountable for Republican Alexis Martinez Johnson who brought in 46% of voters, with not enough to scale back the lead by Leger Fernandez.

Congressional District 3 represents northern New Mexico and for the first time towns in the southeast part of the state such as Roswell and Artesia. Those districts voted overwhelmingly Republican, but not enough to defeat the strong Democratic vote from the north.

3 months ago

Not your usual election night watch party

By: - 8:34 pm
Most election night watch parties are centered around a particular candidate or party. This one was about public education. (Photo by Shaun Griswold / Source NM)

Hundreds of people attended the Constitutional Amendment 1 watch party at Hotel Angelou’s in downtown Albuquerque.

Advocates for more than a decade have asked for an increase in the revenues from oil and gas in the Land Grant Permanent Fund to go toward public education, particularly early childhood education. Tonight, they have a real hope that it will become reality.

Party attendees included children and elders, along with members of the coalition that brought the Yazzie-Martinez lawsuit, including Wilhelmina Yazzie, one of the named plaintiffs.

The funding from the constitutional amendment would go toward programs and curricula for public school students designed for Native students, regardless of who wins the governor’s race.

3 months ago

GOP candidate for N.M. governor to address crowd once results come in, wife says

By: - 8:24 pm
Krysty Ronchetti, wife of Republican candidate for Governor address the crowd at the watch party in Albuquerque. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez / Source NM)

Krysty Ronchetti, wife of Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti, said he will speak to the crowd once the results of the election come in. She thanked the campaign staff and volunteers who worked for them and said Ronchetti is the person up to the task when it comes to “fixing” New Mexico.

Last updated: 8:28 pm

3 months ago

Northern NM fire victims see some normalcy return on Election Day

By: - 8:24 pm

Source New Mexico reporter Megan Gleason is reporting from the burn scar of the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon Fire, the biggest fire in state history.

She tells KUNM’s Nash Jones that voters top concern is the slow recovery of the region, including concerns over how $2.5 billion in relief aid will be spent.

“I think it’s definitely clear that these northern communities are recovering from a historic disaster,” she tells Jones.

But voter enthusiasm, at least, did not appear to be blunted by the fire. Skies were clear and there was no risk of flooding that could have gotten in voters way.

“People just seem relieved that this is running smoothly,” she said, a far cry from the primary election.

Unofficial voting figures from the Secretary of State reflect a return to the norm. See below how turnout so far this year compares with every election since 2000.

You can hear Gleason on KUNM here, beginning at 7:15 p.m.

Last updated: 8:26 pm

3 months ago

So far, 47% of NM registered voters have cast ballots

By: - 7:03 pm

Here is the latest update of how many voters have cast ballots so far in New Mexico. It’s current as of 6 p.m.

Of the 633,942 voters who have voted, here is the party breakdown:

  • Democrats: 307,391
  • “Decline to State”s: 85,557
  • Libertarian: 5,037
  • Other: 2,939
  • Republicans: 233,120

So far, Hidalgo County has the highest turnout. More than 61 percent of the county’s 2,644 voters have cast ballots in some form, either absentee, early or on Election Day.

3 months ago

Stage set at Ronchetti’s election night watch party

By: - 6:58 pm
Republican candidate for Governor Mark Ronchetti is hosting his watch party at the Hotel Albuquerque. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez / Source NM)

The stage is set in the Alvarado Ballroom at the Hotel Albuquerque for Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti’s watch party. Guests are lined up outside the ballroom waiting to enter.
Ronchetti toured around the state and finished with a large rally outdoors at a park in northeast Albuquerque on Monday night, the 42nd stop on the tour.
He was joined at the rally by the full gamut of Republican candidates on the ballot tonight including lieutenant governor candidate Ant Thornton, attorney general candidate Jeremy Michael Gay, treasurer candidate Harry B. Montoya and secretary of state candidate Audrey Trujillo. They talked about border security, crime, inflation, and education.
None of those candidate had been seen at Tuesday night’s watch party as of 6:45 p.m.

Last updated: 7:18 pm

3 months ago

Poll workers curb minor electioneering in Albuquerque

By: - 6:45 pm

In the final hours before polls closed on election night, official election administrators and volunteers for a non-partisan voter protection program had not received any reports of intimidation or harassment of voters, or any major disruptions at any polling place throughout New Mexico.

“It’s been smooth sailing,” Secretary of State’s Office Spokesperson Alex Curtas said in an interview at 5:30 p.m.

There have been “small, dinky things throughout the day,” Curtas said, like someone wearing a campaign shirt into a polling place or electioneering too close to the poll, but “nothing major and nothing that caused any disruptions or prevented anyone from voting, thankfully.”

Mario Jimenez, campaigns director at Common Cause New Mexico, said in an interview at about 5:40 p.m. there have been reports of two incidents of electioneering in the Albuquerque area, both of which were dealt with by poll workers and did not need to result in any accusations under the state Election Code.

A group of people passed out pre-filled sample ballots within 100 feet of the polling place at Washington Middle School earlier today, Jimenez said, “which is not permitted by our election laws.”

The same thing happened, but with different materials, at the polling place located at the Daskalos Shopping Center, he said.

“In those two incidents, where people were campaigning too close, the poll workers did address those with the individuals, and they were moved beyond the 100-foot mark, so that is no longer an issue at either one of those locations,” he said. “In both of these cases, they did comply and ceased campaigning.”

If something were to rise to the level of a serious disruption at a poll, the presiding judge or staff of that local county clerk’s office would report it to that county clerk, who would then tell the Secretary of State’s office, Curtas said.

Officials from the state Department of Information Technology and the state Department of Homeland Security are also addressing problems as they come in, Curtas said.

Wait times for in-person voting, for the most part, is between 30 to 60 minutes, Jimenez said, though there were reports of two-hour-long wait times at the Daskalos Shopping Center.

3 months ago

Northern N.M. residents voice support to pass initiative funding education

By: - 6:04 pm
Yolanda Medina voted to pass Constitutional Amendment 1 when she voted early last week. Pictured on Tuesday, Nov. 8 outside of the Mora County Clerk’s Office. (Photo by Megan Gleason / Source NM)

Even if they don’t know much else about the other questions on the ballot this year, some northern New Mexico residents are sure about voting on one issue — funding education.

This year’s Constitutional Amendment 1, if passed, would allow money to be invested in the state’s Land Grant Permanent Fund for public schools and early childhood education. Many of the voters Source New Mexico spoke with in Las Vegas, N.M. and Mora County said New Mexico needs to strengthen its education, and some thought this amendment is a good solution to start doing that.

Felicia Ortiz has lived in the city of Las Vegas her entire life. She said the amendment was one she was sure to vote for, and it’s important to get this amendment passed “for the kids, for the students.”

She said she didn’t know much about the other amendments, a sentiment echoed by Mora county residents Kimberly Trujillo and Yolanda Medina. Both said they supported the initiative to fund education, though.

Still, Trujillo said she’s not seeing enough done in schools at a local level, like a lack of in-depth education and not enough after school and summer programs, because the money isn’t being used for the right things. “And then they wonder why our kids start doing drugs and becoming alcoholics,” she said.

3 months ago

Got an absentee ballot but didn’t mail it in? You can still vote.

By: - 5:55 pm
The deadline to request an absentee ballot in New Mexico for the 2022 general election is Thursday, Nov. 3. Elections officials recommend dropping absentee ballots off at polling locations or secured ballot drop boxes if not mailed on or before Nov. 2 to ensure timely arrival. To be counted, ballots must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day. (Photo by Nash Jones / KUNM News)

If you are a New Mexico voter who asked for and received your absentee ballot, but you missed the Nov. 2 deadline to mail it in, you can still vote absentee.

You can still turn in your absentee ballot to your county clerk’s office or any Election Day polling location, but you must get it turned in before 7 p.m. tonight.

You can find the location and contact information for your county clerk’s office here.

3 months ago

Contrasting voting experiences in West Albuquerque

By: - 4:50 pm

It’s a tale of two different polling locations in West Albuquerque on Tuesday afternoon. While some wait in a long line curving around a shopping center, others are walking right to cast their ballots at Volcano Vista High School.

A line stretched out from the door and snaked its way around this shopping center in West Albuquerque as people wait to case their ballots. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez / Source NM)

Meanwhile, at Volcano Vista High School, people could walk right in and cast their ballots on Election Day. (Photo by Gino Gutierrez)

3 months ago

Yes, you can leave parts of your ballot blank

By: - 4:00 pm

Maybe you don’t like the idea of voting for a politician, a sheriff, or a judge. You can leave all or part of your ballot blank and it must still be counted. Or perhaps you only want to vote on other things like constitutional amendments or bond questions.

That is totally fine, and election officials must still count your ballot. In fact, about 1.7 million people did not fill out the presidential part of their ballots in 2016.

Say you don’t like either of the candidates in a particular race, and you want to vote for a write-in candidate:

“When casting the write-in vote, fill in the oval and write the name of the declared write-in candidate,” the Secretary of State’s website says.

And don’t forget to turn your ballot over to the other side, where you will find at least three bond questions related to funding for senior centers, libraries, and tribal colleges. You can find more information about those questions in our voter guide.

Last updated: 4:00 pm

3 months ago

No rain, no floods in Mora County on Election Day

By: - 2:56 pm

A cloudless sky allows Mora County residents to travel safely to the polls on Tuesday, no threats of flooding off of the Hermits Peak-Calf Canyon burn scar today. Voters slowly trickle into the local library and County Clerk’s Office. They’re almost outnumbered by the people electioneering outside, holding signs encouraging voters to elect local officials.

A polling location near the Luna Community College in Mora County, N.M. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 (Photo by Megan Gleason / Source NM)

Last updated: 2:57 pm

3 months ago

546,000 votes cast as of 12 p.m.

By: - 2:05 pm

Below are the latest vote totals from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, as of 12 p.m.

So far, 546,563 New Mexicans have voted. That includes

  • 270,342 Democrats
  • 197,832 Republicans
  • 72,000 “Decline to State”s
  • 4,024 Libertarians
  • 2,365 Other

Polls are open until 7 p.m.

Last updated: 2:05 pm

3 months ago

Election Day in the northern N.M. burn scar

By: - 1:48 pm

Source NM Reporter Megan Gleason is spending Election Day talking to folks in Las Vegas, N.M., Mora and San Miguel Counties.

Gleason checked in late this morning from Las Vegas:

“A slow but steady stream of voters are casting their ballots at the West Las Vegas High School gym. Following the largest wildfire in the state’s recorded history, residents are taking into consideration how elected officials responded to the disaster. Other priorities for many are reproductive health care and legal access to abortion.

Some flood barriers still stand around the school.”

A polling site in Las Vegas, N.M. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022 (Photo by Megan Gleason / Source NM)

Infrastructure — including internet and phone service — in the area was badly damaged during the monthslong fire. And many people who would normally vote may be temporarily staying out-of-state after their homes or properties were destroyed, or find themselves unable to think much about the midterms as they work on recovery in their communities.

Still, in June, even as the fire continued to blaze in parts of the region, the primary happened there anyway thanks to the diligence of elections workers.

Election Day can bring a festival-like atmosphere in some places in New Mexico, with people dishing up chile, tortillas and frybread in parking lots or on the side of the road. That’s how things used to be in the burn scar, too. During the primary, there was some of that feeling, even if it was a little more low-key, Shaun Griswold reported.

Even if you’ve been displaced by a wildfire, you can still register to vote, Gleason reported last week. Same-day registration is an option across the state today.

3 months ago

Some lines at the polls, but you can probably find a site without much of a wait

By: - 12:10 pm

Pretty decent line of voters right now at the Clerk’s Annex at 1500 Lomas Blvd. NW, which is always a busier polling location. And the line is growing — lunch-hour rush, most likely. It’s moving quick though, and waiting voters are friendly, chatting it up some.

KUNM reports the Secretary of State’s Office is expecting a lot of voters today across N.M. But “often, the county clerks can tell you which voting locations in their counties are having smaller waits and smaller lines.”People can vote at any voting convenience center. If one popular spot is busy and you don’t feel like waiting, there’s probably another nearby that will do the trick.

Scope the map of Bernalillo County polling locations before you go:

3 months ago

At least 200,000 people expected to vote in person on Election Day; early voting dominates turnout

By: - 10:39 am

More than 41,000 people have voted during the first three hours of Election Day. According to the Secretary of State’s Office this turnout is on pace to bring in roughly 200,000 people out to the polls today. Which would not match the final 2018 midterm election turnout of 701,654 or 55% of eligible registered voters. This morning places like Las Cruces saw lines of people waiting to vote. We’ll update how turnout looks for the rest of the day. 

Last updated: 10:39 am

3 months ago

What redistricting meant for CD2 (maps)

By: - 10:14 am

Below are two maps we created that show the new partisan make up of Congressional District 2, which was redrawn by a Democratically controlled state legislature late last year.

The new map includes a heavily Democratic area of Bernalillo County, including the South Valley near Albuquerque. Redistricting added more than 150 Bernalillo County precincts, and those precincts contain about 52,000 registered Democrats and about 25,000 registered Republicans, according to Secretary of State data.

Former Las Cruces City Councilor Gabe Vasquez, a Democrat, is trying to unseat incumbent Republican Yvette Herrell. Local and national polls are calling the race a toss-up.

Zoom in on Bernalillo County to see just how many Democrat-majority precincts there are. Do the same for Las Cruces. The biggest Democratic majority precinct in Bernalillo County is in Albuquerque's Barelas neighborhood. There, 65% of its 735 voters are registered Democrats.

Here's a map of just Bernalillo County.

The last Cook Political Report poll today deems the race a "toss-up," even giving Vasquez a one-point advantage. Fivethirtyeight is more skeptical of Vasquez's odds, giving Herrell a 78% chance of keeping her seat. The latest Albuquerque Journal poll gives Vasquez an edge of a few percentage points, but the advantage is within the margin of error.

And, for good measure, here's a map of all the Election Day polling places in Bernalillo County.

 

3 months ago

Your rights as a voter — and who to call if they’re violated

By: - 8:55 am

The U.S. Department of Justice announced it’s sending personnel to keep an eye out for violations of people’s voting rights to two counties in New Mexico: Bernalillo and San Juan. The top concerns for the department are discrimination and intimidation, as well as language and accessibility.

It’s part of an effort in 24 states today. So what are your rights as a voter in New Mexico? We’ve got the rundown here.

You can alert the DOJ’s Civil Rights Division about a possible violation of voting rights by calling 1-800-253-3931. Staff will be on hand to receive complaints. Or, you can submit a complaint online at civilrights.justice.gov.

If you run into any problems or irregularities, you can also call the Secretary of State’s Office: 1-800-477-3632.

The Disability Rights division can field calls or questions related to voting and the Americans with Disabilities Act, too: 1-800-514-0301 or 833-610-1264 (TTY) or submit a complaint online at ada.gov.

Common Cause New Mexico is sending trained volunteers to polling places across the state to help anyone who needs assistance casting a ballot. And you can also reach out about problems you encounter using their nonpartisan voter protection hotlines: 1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) or for Spanish-speakers 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA.

New Mexico Native Vote and Common Cause N.M. are also offering more hotlines to help more voters who primarily speak languages other than English with election issues or questions.

  • Diné: (505) 587-5758
  • Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu and Tagalog: (888) 274-8683
  • Arabic: (844) 925-5287

And even though this might all sound like a lot, don’t let it discourage you from voting today. Plenty of people don’t spend much time in line or have any problems at all at the polls. All of these efforts are in place to make sure your rights are protected and things run smoothly.

Last updated: 8:57 am

3 months ago

Polls are open. If you’re not registered yet, you can do that today, too.

By: - 7:09 am

Where’s the most convenient place to vote? The Secretary of State’s Office can help you figure that out with this tool that lets you search for polling locations near you.

Polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today. If you’re standing in line at 7 p.m. when they close this evening, the rules say you still get to vote.

Not registered yet? No sweat. You can both register to vote and cast a ballot all in one go today. Get the details on what you need to bring with you to make it happen.

Before you go, dig through our election guide and know your rights as a voter.

A polling location at the University of New Mexico’s Main Campus in Albuquerque in October 2022. (Photo by Megan Gleason / Source NM)

3 months ago

Secretary of State’s Office to conduct New Mexico election ‘off-site’ for safety concerns

By: - 12:27 am

Threats against election officials are on this rise in the U.S., just before a crucial midterm election that will decide which political party has control of Congress.

Those threats are now pushing New Mexico’s Secretary of State to conduct today’s election “off-site” for safety concerns.

In July, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said she referred three threatening phone calls made against her to the FBI.

Alex Curtas, spokesperson for the Secretary of State, said these threats are among many others that prompted the change.

“I’ve been here for five years, and this is the first time we’ve gone off-site for an election night,” Curtas said.

Though, Curtas elaborated to say the move is more cautionary and not because of any specific threat to their office, staff, or county clerks.

Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, is running for reelection in Tuesday’s election against Republican Audrey Trujillo — a known 2020 election denier and conspiracy theorist.

 

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