Elections

Vanessa Bowen

2020 was a long year. We don't have to tell you. It was a constant barrage of reality-shaping events, and it hasn’t stopped. What is different for us now that we are on the verge of—maybe, knock on wood—coming out of the pandemic? How are the leaders we elected approaching their duties now? How are activists applying what they’ve learned to push their causes forward? How are the people who experienced hardship pre-pandemic adapting to a possible post-pandemic life? No More Normal reflects on last year while keeping our focus on the future.

On Monday, the FBI warned of armed and potentially violent protests planned in all 50 state capitols starting this week, running through at least Inauguration Day on January 20. The FBI advised police agencies to increase security at statehouses around the country.

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New Mexico has the highest percentage of Latinx and Hispanic voters of any state in the U.S.; according to the Pew Research Center, nearly 43% of eligible voters in the state are Hispanic. Isabel Calderon, a Peruvian graduate student, lives in the Barelas neighborhood near Downtown Albuquerque with her two young sons and her elderly mother. She spoke about the importance of exercising her right to vote as an immigrant and what issues she’s keeping in mind this election. 

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As protests against police brutality and racism continue across the nation, police reform has become a top issue in this year’s election. Former Albuquerque police officer Debbie Kuidis spoke with KUNM about the changes to policing she wants to see politicians affect, and why she’s paying attention to races from the national to the local level.

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During the presidential debate a week ago, moderator Chris Wallace asked President Trump to denounce white supremacy. Trump sidestepped the question and instead told a white supremacist group to “stand back and stand by.” The next day, I caught up with Art Simoni, who once would have called himself conservative, and who was my editor when I was a student reporter nearly 20 years ago.

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The news that President Trump contracted coronavirus raised a lot of questions about what could happen this election cycle, which is already under the unusual pressure of a pandemic. KUNM spoke with Lonna Atkeson from the University of New Mexico’s Center for the Study of Voting, Elections and Democracy this afternoon to find out some of the answers. She described what her morning had been like since speculation and word of Trump’s possible illness started sweeping the globe.

As the United States prepares for a general election complicated by the coronavirus pandemic, a new national survey finds that most Americans support making it easier to vote by mail in November.

 


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Do you have faith in the systems? How has government response to the pandemic eroded or reinforced that for you? It seemed important back in what we collectively refer to as “normal times.” But what have public officials done to instill our faith? In Episode 69, we talk about the long list of pre-pandemic ills that plague us during this plague. We talk with the secretary of state about what it takes for politicians to keep voters invested and journalists about why there is a lack of faith—and whether it can be restored. 

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The 2020 legislative session is over. Gene Grant, host of New Mexico In Focus, recaps the biggest moments and topics, like the red-flag law (which passed), recreational marijuana (which didn't), free college tuition (partially funded) and more.

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This podcast is part of the project: Your N.M. Government. Funding for our legislative coverage is provided, in part, by the Thornburg Foundation, the New Mexico Local News Fund and KUNM listeners. 

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This morning House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is announcing who will present the case for impeachment in the Senate trial. Watch the press conference live.

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Next year’s census will set the stage for redistricting in 2021. A new report examines the history of drawing electoral districts in New Mexico and what state lawmakers could do to ensure a transparent and fair process.

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Libertarians in New Mexico didn’t do so well this election. None of the five candidates running for office here won their races.

But Senate candidate Gary Johnson is still optimistic.

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Follow live results from key House, Senate, and Governors races across the country in the 2018 midterm election. We also have New Mexico election results, and NPR's live blog with the latest election results from around the country.

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NPR Midterm Election Live Blog

Nov 6, 2018
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Follow live coverage of the 2018 midterm elections, including results and analysis. Get caught up on the latest news. We also have New Mexico election results, and U.S. House, U.S. Senate, and Governor races

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Live New Mexico Election Results From NPR

Nov 6, 2018
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Get the latest on New Mexico's ballot measures and races for governor, Senate and House. We also have NPR's live blog with latest election results from around the country and U.S. House, U.S. Senate and Governor race updates. 

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How Do Elections Work?

Oct 16, 2018

The Children's Hour, Sat 10/20 9a: We wondered, how do our elections actually work, so we invited Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover to explain our elections. Also, we’re sending three field reporters into the Rio Grande Community Farms corn maze.  Learn something new with us, every Saturday on The Children's Hour.

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The #MeToo movement has sparked national conversations around issues like harassment in the workplace and access to reproductive services.

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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.

BernCo Voters To Decide On More Tiny Home Money

Aug 24, 2018
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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.

Parkland Students Coming To ABQ

Jul 10, 2018
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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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February 10, 2018: Trump defends former aide accused of spousal abuse; Female candidates flock to midterm races; Sri Lanka requires 25 percent of candidates be women; British officials consider pardoning suffragettes; UN chief warns more women and girls will be subject to female genital mutilation with out accelerated action; Hashtag #MosqueMeTo draws attention to assault during Haj; Iranian protests target mandatory hijabs; Veteran producer connected to Weinstein scandals commits suicide; UN pushes for efforts to overcome biases against women and girls in STEM fields; Girl Scout sees big

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.

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