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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

(Updated) Early Voting Info for 2008 Election

Update: Starting October 24, 2008, Early In-Person Voting hours in Bernalillo County were extended. See the new hours here (pdf).
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The bad news: If you aren't registered to vote, I'm afraid it's now too late. Yesterday, October 7, 2008, was the deadline in New Mexico to register to vote in the 2008 general election (if you weren't already registered).

ImagesThe good news: Today marks the beginning of absentee voting by mail and in-person at County Clerk offices all over New Mexico. Starting October 18, 2008, you can vote early in-person at additional locations in many counties.

If you live outside Bernalillo County, please check with your County Clerk office.

If you live in Bernalillo County, here's what you need to know:

Where do I Vote? You can check your voter registration, find your November 4th polling place and get a sample ballot by entering your name and birthdate. Visit .

In Person Absentee Voting
Clerk’s Office Annex Downtown
Beginning Tuesday, October 7, 2008
620 Lomas NW, Albuquerque
*Note that this has changed from 1 Civic Plaza 6th Floor

Tuesday October 7 – Friday October 10: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Monday October 13 – Friday October 17: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Monday October 20 – Friday October 24: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Monday October 27 – Friday October 31: 8:00am – 5:00pm
Saturday November 1: 10:00am – 6:00pm

Absentee Mail-In Ballot Applications may be requested from the County Clerk via:

Phone: (505) 468-1291 option 2
Email: clerk@bernco.gov
Fax: (505) 768-4631
In Person: 1 Civic Plaza NW, 6th Fl., Albuquerque
Mail: PO Box 542, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0542

You can also download an Absentee Mail-In Ballot Application at the NM Secretary of State website.

You must request your Absentee Mail-In Ballot from the County Clerk by October 31, 2008. You must return your completed Absentee Mail-In Ballot to the County Clerk's office by 5:00 PM on November 4, 2008. You can mail or hand-deliver it.

*New Feature* Absentee Ballot Tracker: Track the status of your absentee ballot online: www.bernco.gov/absenteevote/

Early Voting at Satellite Locations
From October 18 through November 1, 2008, you can vote early at these additional locations in Bernalillo County:

– Beginning Saturday, October 18, 2008:

  • Tijeras City Hall, 12 Camino Municipal - Tijeras
  • Paradise Hills Community Center, 5901 Paradise Blvd NW
  • Los Ranchos Villa, 6601 4th St NW, Suites A,B, C
  • Coors Plaza, 3200 Coors NW, Suite A
  • Integrity Plaza, 1512 Wyoming NE, Suites F&G
  • Plaza Paseo Del Norte, 9231 Coors NW, Suite R-8
  • Siesta Hills Shopping Center, 5407 Gibson SE
  • Del Norte Shopping Center, 7120 Wyoming NE, Suite 16
  • Market Center East, 11110 Lomas NE, Suite E-4
  • 98th & Central Shopping Center, 120 98th St NW, Suite B-5
  • Goff Plaza, 1720 Bridge SW, Suite G
  • Daskalos Shopping Center, 5339 & 5339A Menaul NE
  • Juan Tabo Plaza, 11012 Montgomery NE
  • CNM – South Valley Campus, 5816 Isleta Blvd., SW
  • University of New Mexico Student Union Building

Hours:

  • Saturday October 18: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday October 21 – Friday October 24: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Saturday October 25: 10:00am – 6:00pm
  • Tuesday October 28 – Friday October 31: 12:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Saturday November 1: 10:00am – 6:00pm

LWV Voters' Guide
To learn more about the candidates, check out the nonpartisan League of Women Voters of New Mexico Voters' Guide.

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Comments

I want to note that I am currently living outside the US and registered with the Bernalillo County Clerk on time. Used the absentee ballot tracking system, which said my ballot was mailed to me on 10/7. I haven't received it as yet, so called the County Clerk. The Clerk's office said they had a lot of complaints with mailings on that date (10/7). Is it appropriate to check what "a lot" is? How many absentee voters are still waiting for their ballots?

Posted by: Mori Nixon | Oct 20, 2008 2:29:39 PM

Dear Reader:

The attached Press Release is for a statewide effort by the NAACP and Voter Services Coalition in conjunction with Jeremy Friedman (jfriedman@lawyerscommittee.org) of the "Lawyers Committee on Civil Rights Under Law" (http://www.lawyerscommittee.org/2005website/home/home.html) to encourage people to vote early and check the status of their voter registration so no one is 'left out in the cold' on Election Day. Recently MSNBC starting running public service announcements on this topic, because they felt it was timely and needed.

Thanks.
William

PRESS RELEASE - Count My Vote FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Each reader of this Press Release must realize that voting is not done in a vacuum, it is not a one step action and then it is over; you need to be a part of the greater civic community and be proactive and engaged to make sure your vote is counted.

Check with the County Clerk and make sure you are on the Voter Registration rolls today, don’t wait. Vote early and as soon as possible so that if there is a problem with your registration it can be straighten out by the County Clerk. If you are so inclined, work at a polling site. Assuming that you can come out once every four years and vote for President is frankly irresponsible. You have a responsibility to know the issues and participate in all elections.

Your right to vote is given to you by your birthright, but it must be safeguarded by your own proactive action. True, your American Citizenship guarantees your right to vote, but whether that vote is counted is dependent on working with your local election officials to make sure they are ready to have your vote recorded once it is cast.

New Mexico is listed as a battleground state in this Presidential Election and will have the highest number of registered voters ever coming out to the polls. The February 2008 Democratic Party Caucus was our first trial run with these increased numbers and at the Caucus 17,000 or 12% of the vote was done on provisional ballots because of the inadequacy of the voter registration lists certified by the Secretary of State. Provisional ballots were not counted in the 2004 Caucus, and are always subject to challenges by the candidates for the slightest of errors. By Early Voting in person at the County Clerk’s Office you can often avoid voting on a provisional ballot on Election Day.

Unsubstantiated allegations of voter fraud are a nationwide problem designed to undermine the average citizen’s confidence in our election system. The goal is often to discourage people from voting ---lower voter turnouts favor candidates who are not populists. The mantra: “the sky is falling” goes far and wide and the Henny-Penny’s of the world feed into the myth of rampant voter fraud. We need to be vigilant but also must not trample on a voter’s right to vote. Election Protection Coalition is a nationwide effort to count every vote. It is being coordinated through the Lawyer’s Committee on Civil Rights Under Law and includes groups like the: National Bar Association, ACLU Voter Rights Project, NAACP National Voter Fund, Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF), Asian American LDEF, and over 100 other Partners.

If you experience any voting irregularities or voting mis-information, call the number below:

1-866-0UR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683) Election Protection Hotline.

For more information or an interview, please contact: Bob Moses, NAACP Political Action Director at (505) 471-6633 or William H. Mee, N.M. Voters Services Coalition at (505) 473-3160.

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Posted by: William H. Mee | Oct 23, 2008 10:25:56 PM