Election 2022

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An old style country mailbox stuffed to overflowing with bills, letters, and envelopes and the word "JUNK" printed on the side in red letters stands alone in a desert landscape.

NM GOP should apologize, take accountability for racist tactics

BY: - November 30, 2022

When my friend showed me a mailer that had been sent out by the New Mexico Republican Party this election cycle, I was furious. I can’t explain the shock and hurt I felt when I saw this mailer comparing people like me to a predator.  People have no idea how monumentally challenging it is to […]

Dem control of NM House goes unchanged, but redistricting process may not

BY: - November 28, 2022

The election of all 70 seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives this month was the first go around for a new district map. The state legislative and U.S. congressional maps were redrawn late last year following the 2020 Census. While Democratic control of the House will remain the same, the redistricting process may […]

College students push to ease voting access after midterm barriers

BY: - November 23, 2022

Young voters made their voices heard during the midterms earlier this month, turning out in relatively high numbers in an election that produced the first congressperson from Generation Z. But university students and voting rights advocates say voters on college campuses faced far too many difficulties trying to cast their ballots. Across the country, voting […]

General election certified in NM counties that previously resisted

BY: - November 21, 2022

Two New Mexico counties that delayed or resisted verifying June’s primary election results certified the general election without incident this week. In a third county, a commissioner that voted against certifying the June primary again voted no, but was again outvoted four to one by the other commissioners.  Before the votes, Secretary of State Maggie […]

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How the GOP’s expected red wave crashed on the rocks of the insurrection

BY: - November 17, 2022

When pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021,  they probably weren’t thinking about the next election. But maybe they should have. Because the long shadow of former President Donald Trump, and the behavior of the rioters, may have helped contribute to a relatively good night for the Democrats. Historically, the party in […]

Republicans win control of the U.S. House with 218th seat

BY: - November 16, 2022

Republicans clinched a majority in the U.S. House on Wednesday night after a Republican won reelection to a California seat that put the GOP over the top, according to Associated Press projections. Though not as decisive a victory as GOP leaders had hoped, Republican candidates flipped key seats in New York, Virginia, Oregon and Arizona […]

Maestas appointed to state Senate following bitter debate and dark accusations 

BY: - November 16, 2022

Longtime Westside Albuquerque Rep. Antonio “Moe” Maestas will serve two years in the New Mexico Senate, an appointment that came at the end of a Bernalillo County Commission meeting punctuated with accusations of “schemes” and “conspiracy theories.” The commission was tasked with appointing the replacement for former Sen. Jacob Candelaria, a longtime Democrat who recently […]

New Mexico officials warn of potential disruptions to county-level election certifications

BY: - November 16, 2022

Voters statewide cast ballots last week to decide a number of races and local issues, and now that those votes have been counted, it’s up to county canvassing boards and commissions to complete the legal process of certifying election results. The certification process is typically quick and straightforward, but in recent elections, unfounded fears, conspiracy […]

Republicans are falsely claiming that Arizona used to know final election results on Election Day

BY: - November 15, 2022

Republicans in Arizona and elsewhere have insisted that the days-long tabulation of early ballots, particularly in Maricopa County, is a new phenomenon that is aimed at undercutting faith in the elections and harming GOP candidates. They’re flat wrong about the history, however: Final election results have never been available on Election Night in any Arizona […]

Congress heads back to D.C. for a hectic lame-duck session

BY: - November 14, 2022

WASHINGTON — Congress returns to Capitol Hill and a lengthy to-do list next week, following a six-week midterm elections break that saw Democrats outperform expectations and Republicans barely inch toward the U.S. House majority. On the agenda are same-sex marriage legislation, a huge defense bill, changes in how presidential electoral votes are counted and more. […]

Democrats projected to retain U.S. Senate control after winning Nevada seat

BY: - November 14, 2022

Democratic U.S. Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto of Nevada will win reelection, according to Associated Press projections late Saturday, ensuring Democrats will remain in the majority next year no matter what happens in a runoff election in Georgia next month. After days of vote counting, U.S. Sens. Mark Kelly of Arizona and Cortez Masto were both […]

Two NM House races go to automatic recounts

BY: - November 14, 2022

Preliminary results in two races for seats in the New Mexico House of Representatives were so close that by law they must be recounted. If the recounts don’t produce new results, the relative strength of the two major parties in the House remained the same after the midterm elections on Nov. 8, with Democrats and […]