November 18, 2018

Voters Guide General Election 2018

We have been asked by many in the community to provide resources that explain where candidates stand on issues and what a Yes or No vote supports on the Bonds that are on the Ballot.

You may want to visit the websites listed below that have good information for you to become a better educated voter. Hope this helps!

Sample Ballot for Colfax County Voters

We are in New Mexico Congressional District 3, New Mexico State Senate (upper legislative) District 8 (not up for election this year), and New Mexico House of Representatives (lower legislative) District 40. Plus we have the privilege of voting for several state-wide positions, as seen on the ballot.

For a list of candidates for each position on the ballot click below:

Once on the website below you will be able to view the candidates party affiliation, political viewpoints, who endorses them and how they have voted. In the boxes provided at the top of the page, click the following:

State: New Mexico
Stage: General
Party: Leave Blank if you want to see all of the candidates
Office: Choose from the click down which candidates you wish to view
Election Status: Running

Then you may click on each candidate to visit their page.

Who are the candidates and where do they stand?

Another very informative website to visit is https://ballotpedia.org/New_Mexico_Sample_Ballot.

You will be prompted to put in your address. Once on the page, the ballot measures are listed as well as the candidates. If you scroll to the bottom of this page, it has a listing of your districts and locations complete with maps and details.

Below are the Ballot Measures/ Bond Issues explained. A yes vote supports the amendment described, while a no vote opposes it.

New Mexico Bond Question A: Senior Citizen Facilities

A “yes” vote supports authorizing the sale and issuance of $10.77 million in bonds for senior citizen facilities, including to address code compliance issues and purchasing new equipment and vehicles.

A “no” vote opposes authorizing the sale and issuance of $10.77 million in bonds for senior citizen facilities, including to address code compliance issues and purchasing new equipment and vehicles.

New Mexico Bond Question B: Public Libraries

A “yes” vote supports authorizing the sale and issuance of $12.876 million in bonds for academic, public school, tribal, and public libraries.

A “no” vote opposes authorizing the sale and issuance of $12.876 million in bonds for academic, public school, tribal, and public libraries.

New Mexico Bond Question C: School Buses

A “yes” vote supports authorizing the sale and issuance of $6.137 million in bonds to purchase school buses and equip school buses with air conditioning.

A “no” vote opposes authorizing the sale and issuance of $6.137 million in bonds to purchase school buses and equip school buses with air conditioning.

New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 1: Judicial Appeal Process Provided by Law

A “yes” vote supports this amendment to empower the legislature to pass laws (1) setting the appeals process from probate courts and other inferior courts to higher courts and (2) determining which cases originating in inferior courts and tribunals fall under the appellate jurisdiction of district courts.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment, meaning district courts would continue to have appellate jurisdiction over all cases originating in and appealed from inferior courts.

New Mexico Constitutional Amendment 2: Independent Ethics Commission

A “yes” vote supports this amendment to create a seven-member state ethics commission tasked with investigating alleged violations of ethical conduct by state officials, executive and legislative employees, candidates, lobbyists, government contractors, and others as provided by law.

A “no” vote opposes this amendment to create a seven-member state ethics commission tasked with investigating alleged violations of ethical conduct by state officials, executive and legislative employees, candidates, lobbyists, government contractors, and others as provided by law.

New Mexico Higher Bond Question D: Education, Special Schools, and Tribal Schools

A “yes” vote supports authorizing the sale and issuance of $136.230 million in bonds for institutions of higher education, special schools, and tribal schools.

A “no” vote opposes authorizing the sale and issuance of $136.230 million in bonds for institutions of higher education, special schools, and tribal schools.

What is the purpose of voting and why is it important?

With a government elected by its citizens and that effects every aspect of our lives from schools to health care to homeland security, voting is an important right in our society. By voting, you are making your voice heard and registering your opinion on how you think the government should operate.

People have fought long and hard for the opportunity to vote, even losing their lives. … In 13 percent of the world’s countries, voting is deemed so important a civic responsibility that it has been made compulsory. Every citizen should exercise their right to cast a vote in an election.

Please exercise your right and vote.

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