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The state supreme court will hear a lawsuit next week challenging the New Mexico Secretary of State’s decision to reinstate straight party voting on ballots this November.

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Voters in Bernalillo County will see another bond question about a planned tiny home village for people experiencing homelessness on their ballots come November.

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Since a school shooting in Parkland, Florida, left 17 people dead back in February, some of the students who survived have been rallying for other young people to get involved in politics.

Let's Talk New Mexico's Closed Primaries

May 29, 2018
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Let's Talk New Mexico 5/31 8a: New Mexico has a closed primary system, so if you aren’t registered with a major political party, you can’t vote in primary elections. That means about 24 percent of registered voters here are sitting out Tuesday’s primary. Is this a necessary part of the political process, having party members select their nominees? Or does a closed primary system exclude too many voters? We’d like to hear from you! Email LetsTalk@KUNM.org, tweet #LetsTalkNM or call in live during the show.

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Lewis Vows To Make City Better After Runoff Loss

Nov 15, 2017
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Republican Dan Lewis gathered in a Downtown ballroom with his supporters to make sense of what happened. “This has always been about a cause, that is, to make the city better, to make Albuquerque thrive, to make it safer, and you believe in that,” he said. “I know you believed in it, you still do, and I do also.”

Lewis congratulated Democrat Tim Keller on his win but said he’s not done trying to change the city.

Survey: N.M. Voters Support Public Campaign Financing

Oct 17, 2017
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New Mexico voters overwhelmingly support public financing as a way to counter big money in elections, according to a new report by the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy.

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National elections get a lot of attention and press, but local ones? Not so much. And some folks say it’s those local races that have a bigger impact on your everyday life.

There are a slew of candidates running for mayor in Albuquerque. And the last two city elections here saw low voter turnout. The deadline to register to vote in October is the end of day on Tuesday, Sept. 5, but Viki Harrison of Common Cause says that’s way too early. 

Lawmakers Consider Automatic Voter Registration Bill

Jan 30, 2017
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The state Motor Vehicle Division would pull info on drivers and register them to vote—if they are eligible—according to a bill that is being considered by lawmakers in Santa Fe during this year’s legislative session.

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KUNM Call In Show 10/27 8a: Election Day is November 8th this year and it's approaching fast. Many New Mexicans are already turning out to early vote in 2016. What issues do you think were missing from candidates' campaigns this year? 

Voters Could Choose Open Primaries

Jan 26, 2016
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New Mexico’s independent voters could be allowed to participate in primary elections if a proposed constitutional amendment is successful.

Gov. Martinez Has Sizeable Lead Over King

Aug 18, 2014
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Gov. Susana Martinez has a sizeable lead over Democrat Gary King in her re-election campaign, according to a new poll.

Results from an Albuquerque Journal poll released Sunday show that about 50 percent of voters surveyed say they plan to vote for the Republican governor. About 41 percent say they would vote for Attorney General King. Nine percent remain undecided.

Overall, Martinez leads King in most regions of the state.

Martinez also has backing from one in five Democrats polled and leads among independent voters.

Governor Candidates To Speak Separately At NMSU

Aug 14, 2014
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Republican Gov. Susana Martinez and Democrat Gary King will speak at New Mexico State University next month but it's not a joint candidate forum.

Martinez will speak on Sept. 18 at 8:15 a.m. and King's appearance is at 12:45 p.m. at a public policy conference by the university's Domenici Institute.

The university said Wednesday that Martinez was moved to the morning because of a scheduling conflict.

June 3 Primary Elections: Have You Decided?

May 27, 2014
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KUNM Call In Show 5/29 8a: 

New Mexico's primary election is next Tuesday, June 3. The most high profile race is for a face-off against incumbent Republican Governor Susana Martinez. It pits 5 Democrats against one another, but there is plenty of intrigue across the ballot. 

How have you decided amongst the candidates... or have you? Are you an Independent who wishes you could vote in the primary?