Voices Behind The Vote: Veteran Concerned With PTSD
Amber Royster is a sixth-generation New Mexican and Navy veteran who served in the Iraq War and was deployed twice overseas. She said Bernalillo County’s advisory mental health ballot question and the secretary of state’s race are her main interests this year.
She’s a registered Green Party member, and said she generally prefers to vote on issues instead of candidates. She’s voting for Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver for secretary of state because that office can allow direct issues-based questions onto the polls.
“That’s where the rubber meets the road. The secretary of state is really kind of a linchpin to ensuring that all the citizens of New Mexico can vote and can participate in the decision-making process,” she said. “You could call her a facilitator of Democracy if you want.”