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LET’S BRING THE CHANGE
Voters Need to Know
Secretary of State Toulouse Oliver, Attorney General Balderas Issue VOTER PROTECTION ADVISORY
On 10/15/2020, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and Attorney General Hector Balderas issued an advisory to all New Mexicans, reminding them of their right to participate in a free and fair election and providing critical information about the upcoming general election.
Advisory Introduction: The right of each voter to cast his or her ballot free from intimidation or coercion is foundational to our democracy. Multiple statutes protect voter rights and central to these rights is maintaining order in and around the polling place. Voter intimidation and discriminatory conduct, as well as obstruction or interference at the polls, is illegal under federal and New Mexico law. Any activity that threatens, harasses or intimidates voters, including any activity that is intended to, or has the effect of, interfering with any voter’s right to vote is illegal, whether it occurs outside the polling place or inside the polling place.
The Democratic Party of New Mexico’s hotline to report voter intimidation:
1-833-NM4DEMS // 1-833-664-3367
Help Protect Voters’ Rights as a Democratic Poll Challenger: 200 Volunteers Needed!
Help give voters confidence in the integrity of our democracy – knowing their vote will be counted and their voice heard. Challengers watch voting and ballot-counting to ensure that election laws are followed and to quickly and publicly identify problems. They can alert their organizations to irregularities, which can prompt election officials to respond to complaints and concerns on the spot.
DON’T JUST SIT. COMMIT!!!
With the election coming ever closer, now is the time for ACTION. Organizers in and around Bernalillo County are setting up phone banking, text banking, networking, and other ways to help get out the vote.
Get the 2020 LWV Voter Guide
A Comprehensive Guide to the General Election
The nonpartisan League of Women Voters has worked since 1920 to improve local government and strengthen communities through citizen education and action. In that spirit, they’ve published a comprehensive Voter Guide for Central New Mexico, showing all the races that will be on our ballot. Click here or the image below to see and download the guide.
NM PRC Commissioners: Elected or Appointed? Voters Will Decide
On the ballot in the upcoming election will be NM State Constitutional Amendment 1 – a measure to change from electing PRC Commissioners to having the Governor appoint them. The Amendment would also reduce the number of PRC Commissioners to three. Before casting your vote, find out the pros and cons by watching this informative Zoominar from Retake Our Democracy.
Your vote is your voice. Make sure to be heard!
The election is just days away but some of us still have pressing questions about how and when voting will take place. Here are important answers for voters in Bernalillo County.
Absentee, Early and Election Day Voting
On September 14, 2020, the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office mailed applications for absentee ballots to all voters in the county who had not already requested one.
After October 27, your absentee ballot should be hand-delivered rather than mailed it to be sure it arrives in time to be counted on Election Day.
- Clearly mark your choices on the absentee ballot. (For write-in candidates you must fill in the oval in addition to neatly writing the name.)
- Insert the completed ballot into the inner envelope and seal it (using tape if necessary).
- Insert the inner envelope into the outer mailing envelope.
- Sign the outer envelope where indicated under the privacy flap.
- Enter the last 4 digits of your SSN where indicated under the privacy flap.
- Seal the outer envelope.
Drop Off Your Absentee Ballot OR Vote In Person
October 17-31, 2020
- Any of the Early Voting Convenience Centers – Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- At One Civic Plaza NW next to the COVID-19 screening entrance at 5th and Marquette. Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
- There is a secure ballot box staffed by a poll official at this location. It is outside but not at the curb so you must exit your car.
November 3, 2020 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Any of the Election Day Voting Convenience Centers
- Drive by ballot drop off location in front of City Hall on Marquette and 5th Street. Drive in left lane west on Marquette from 3rd street, watch for signs and personnel. Voters will drop off their ballot through a car window and receive an “I Voted” sticker.
Know how, when, & where to vote – even check results. The Bernalillo County Clerk’s office has a wealth of information to offer. From checking your precinct to training to work the polls, to seeing final ballot counts, and much more, the “Elections” page on the Clerk’s website is the place to go. https://www.bernco.gov/clerk/bureau-of-elections-overview.aspx
Further questions? Answers are only a phone call away — at the DPNM ELECTION HOTLINE
The Democratic Party of New Mexico has a new hotline where you can ask questions and get immediate answers about:
Call Monday through Friday, 9:00 to 5:00, to speak with a DPNM team member (in English or Spanish). After business hours, you can leave a message.
Candidate Focus 2020: Who’s in the running and what’s at stake
See and connect with all the Dems running for office on the fall ballot, from D.C. to county commissions. Read feature articles* on NM Democrats working to hold or capture seats against strong Republican opposition. Be in the know about who to vote for and where to volunteer. Click here.
*Note: Published every Friday in our newsletter, now through early fall. If you haven’t already done so, be sure to subscribe.
Democratic vision, Democratic values
We stand with Democrats across New Mexico in our belief that every person matters. We believe all citizens should have an equal voice in how we as a people are governed, without undue influence by rich and powerful special interests.
We work for the 99%, and affirm the ties that bind us together as one human family.
These beliefs and many more important principles are presented in the Platform of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, which we fully support.
Affordable, high-quality pre-K through college education is a basic right.
Regardless of their circumstances, everyone in New Mexico and the U.S. should have access to comprehensive, affordable, high-quality health care.
Services must include comprehensive behavioral health services, reproductive care, access to birth control, quality prenatal and postpartum care, and abortion care.
We believe that comprehensive reform is needed to provide an immigration system that is humane and non-discriminatory.
Families must be kept together.
We recognize that unions contribute to building a stronger middle class, and support their critical role in fighting for living wages, fair work rules and hiring practices, and safe working conditions.
Democrats pledge to fulfill, honor, and strengthen to the highest extent possible the United States’ fundamental trust responsibility to Indigenous Peoples, as provided in the Constitution, treaties, and case law.
Our country has a sacred, moral responsibility to honor all of our veterans and wounded warriors.
The party that passed the G.I. Bill of Rights will always work to protect the benefits our veterans and their families have earned in service to our nation.
We recognize that violence against women and girls is an epidemic, and stand firm in the need for a societal shift and the prosecution of perpetrators.
Democrats are pro-choice.
The Democratic Forum
By Matthew Reichbach, NM Political Report Voters continue to head to the polls, with over 31,000 voters casting ballots since the beginning of early voting on Tuesday—including nearly 30,000 who...Read more