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My wife and I voted this morning and it was quick and easy.  I don't know if this is true for all of New Mexico, but in Dona Ana County we have 39 "Voter Convenience Centers" this year.  No need to vote at your precinct; any registered voter can vote at any VCC in the county.

Our closest VCC was our usual polling place -- the Radium Springs Community Center.  There were two clerks sitting behind a table in the entrance foyer.  There was one person ahead of us in line; we had to wait less than 5 minutes.  I handed the clerk my voter registration card that had been mailed to me in June, she scanned the barcode, and asked me my birthdate to doublecheck my identity.  Then a printer printed up my personalized ballot.  The entire process took maybe 3 minutes.  

When my wife and I had our ballots ready, we went into the main room and were greeted by a friendly pollworker... somebody we knew, which was a nice touch.  (One advantage to living in a rural area.)  She directed us to the voting cubicles and told us to have at it.  After we had filled out our ballots, we walked over to a table and fed them into one of the two automatic ballot readers.  That was it.  I didn't keep track of the time, but surely it was less than 15 minutes.  There were 14 voting cubicles in the room, and no more than 3 people voting at any one time.  

I read about all the voting problems eleswhere in the country (many of them caused intentionally to suppress the vote) and am grateful to live in a county with such an elegant election system.

(Maybe I was being paranoid, but it seems like every male voting there wore a cowboy hat and spoke with a twang.  I pegged every last one of them as Republicans.  But then again, I look like a redneck myself, so you never really know.)

Originally posted to soarbird on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 12:25 PM PST.

Also republished by New Mexico Kossaks.

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  •  I also vote in Dona Ana county, but by absentee (0+ / 0-)

    ballot as I'm in CA visiting my daughter and family. The only time I remember significant lines in DA was when Joe Skeen won his congressional seat on a write-in campaign. That was quite some night. I was a registered Rep then and I and others were ferrying hot drinks to all the folks who were in line when the polls closed. It was, iirc, a cold night and we wanted everyone to STFIL (and they did).

  •  San Juan County has the same arrangement. (0+ / 0-)

    We voted early but when I checked the county clerk's website it listed the polling places for the election and that you could go to any of them. No longer required to go to a specific polling place per precinct. We live in oil/gas country so we are unindated with Repugs everywhere. It is nausiating at times.

  •  the ballot takes some time (1+ / 0-)
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    emobile

    to complete - there's the loss of straight party voting thanks to our Republican SoS - plus a bunch of Constitutional amendments and bond issues. In Santa Fe, where I voted early last week, we were told repeatedly to make sure we filled the little ovals in completely.

    Just be prepared to wait, tell your friends and family to be patient if they are voting later today, it may be a bit slower thanks to the ballot length.

    "We have two parties in this country right now. One party is a center-right party that believes that it is unseemly to let old people die in the streets. And the other party is insane." Charles P Pierce

    by NMRed on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 12:59:31 PM PST

  •  Voted early in Valencia County (0+ / 0-)

    Beautiful day in Belen, no wait, on a Saturday. Went to my first Democratic party function last weekend too, nice to be in a room full of Democrats (with a rodeo going on next door)! Got an Obama and a Martin Heinrich sign. Glad to see Heather Wilson is so far behind.

    •  I'm so pleased about Martin (1+ / 0-)
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      jnhobbs

      He understands environmental issues really well; doesn't need to be briefed on it.  It's part of how he thinks; a rare thing in the US Senate.  At a recent rally in Taos, he observed there's no one on the Supreme Court from west of the Mississippi.  He says he'll question all candidates for the federal bench (Supreme or lower) on Western water issues and tribal sovereignty.

      "Taxes are for the little people." Leona Helmsley (before she went to jail for taking that attitude a bit too far)

      by Land of Enchantment on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:27:42 PM PST

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  •  I was an election judge in Taos County (1+ / 0-)
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    Complicated precinct

    - two precincts voted there
    - each of those had two voting locations
    - location has been early voting site for several cycles

    As many as 1/4 of the voters who showed up were not on our precinct rolls, and had to be directed elsewhere, with 15-20 choosing to vote provisional instead at one or the other of our two precincts.

    Our precinct:
    1810 registered voters
    694 early voters
    - 77.7% of early voters registered Dem
    - 12.1% registered R
    - 9.4% registered independent or DTS
    - 0.9% 3rd party (mostly green, one libertarian)
    114 votes at our precinct location Election Day
    - 93 for Obama
    - 15 for Romney
    - 0 for Virgil Goode
    - 4 for Gary Johnson
    - 1 for Rocky Anderson
    - 1 for Green Party

    We were a secondary location for our precinct, most likely more voted at the other center.  Perhaps, roughly, about twice as many.

    8 provisional ballots, with about the same at the other precinct at our location.  Some didn't want to head to another precinct.  Why drive an hour if you only want to vote for President, and can do it here? A couple had registered at motor vehicles, but didn't show on the rolls.

    Our last voter was one minute before closing time.  New to the area, had trouble finding our voting location on an unlighted road.  She found a campaign volunteer two guided her.  Just in time!  She was very pleased to have made it in time.

    We had a Democratic "challenger" (observer) but no Republican.  I ran into our guy at a post-election party, and he complimented us on running a good operation.

    IMO, most people sign up as poll workers as a service activity.  Most want people to vote, if at all possible, and do their best to make it happen.  You hear about places where there's obstruction and ignorance and so on, but I've never witnessed that at 4 different Taos County locations I've worked on election day over the years.

    "Taxes are for the little people." Leona Helmsley (before she went to jail for taking that attitude a bit too far)

    by Land of Enchantment on Tue Nov 06, 2012 at 09:25:13 PM PST

  •  I voted in Bernalillo County at 3:45 election day (0+ / 0-)

    and I had a 45 min wait in line.  I prefer the voting system in NM - very streamlined and accessible compared to Michigan!

    Bad politicians are sent to Washington by good people who don't vote. William E. Simon

    by TEMkitty on Wed Nov 07, 2012 at 02:45:34 PM PST

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