Skip to main content

The jury is still out but so are the results in the "historic" late term abortion ban in Albuquerque are looking good so far. The day-of-voting count hasn't been posted but the early and absentee voting is in and the "NO!" about 12 points up on the vote to ban late term abortions.

About 56 percent of the ballots counted so far are against the ban, and 44 percent are in favor. None of the Election Day votes have been tallied yet.

A number of friends of ours have said that early voting lines were "out the door." Alas, we live in the County, outside the city limits, so we couldn't vote. Glad to see our townie friends are doing well.

Still, the pro-life protesters were certainly making their presence known.

Aggressive anti-abortion protesters with “dead-baby posters” triggered complaints at the Albuquerque Museum, but voting is otherwise smooth in today’s historic election, [City Clerk Amy] Bailey says.

In a 2 p.m. interview, Bailey said the protesters dispersed after city security intervened at the museum, which is a polling site in today’s election.

The protesters carried signs that scared children on a field trip, she said. They were also close enough to the polling site to raise concerns about whether they were impeding people’s ability to get into the museum, Bailey said.

Out of state groups such as Operation Rescue have poured a ton of money into this campaign. Let's hope it's all been flushed down the loo.

According to local TV KOAT, "More than 76,000 people had voted as of 6 p.m. Tuesday," though it's not clear from that report of those 76K people is a total or those who voted today.

KRQE notes an "hour wait" at some poling stations at 6pm MST. Cool!

Either way, the news outlets - and the city - are calling the vote "historic."

9:00pm, KRQE

8:52 pm: @AGoodman_krqe: With a couple voting centers reporting.. numbers are unchanged in late-term abortion vote.

8:11 pm: RT @AlexG_Reporter: Voter turnout for this special election appears to have surpassed the 2009 citywide election.

8:04 pm: All voting locations are closed in #abq2013 election. 36,734 people voted today and 87,296 overall. There were more registered voters today than there was a month ago. Turnout was 24% compared to  20% for the Mayorial race. Bandelier Elementary voting location was the last to close.

KOB TV sez, 9:15pm: 55% against / 44% for.

9:45pm: 54% against to 45% for.

9:45 tally: Percentages are the same

Originally posted to newmexicobear on Tue Nov 19, 2013 at 07:38 PM PST.

Also republished by New Mexico Kossaks, Good News, Abortion, and Pro Choice.

Your Email has been sent.
You must add at least one tag to this diary before publishing it.

Add keywords that describe this diary. Separate multiple keywords with commas.
Tagging tips - Search For Tags - Browse For Tags


More Tagging tips:

A tag is a way to search for this diary. If someone is searching for "Barack Obama," is this a diary they'd be trying to find?

Use a person's full name, without any title. Senator Obama may become President Obama, and Michelle Obama might run for office.

If your diary covers an election or elected official, use election tags, which are generally the state abbreviation followed by the office. CA-01 is the first district House seat. CA-Sen covers both senate races. NY-GOV covers the New York governor's race.

Tags do not compound: that is, "education reform" is a completely different tag from "education". A tag like "reform" alone is probably not meaningful.

Consider if one or more of these tags fits your diary: Civil Rights, Community, Congress, Culture, Economy, Education, Elections, Energy, Environment, Health Care, International, Labor, Law, Media, Meta, National Security, Science, Transportation, or White House. If your diary is specific to a state, consider adding the state (California, Texas, etc). Keep in mind, though, that there are many wonderful and important diaries that don't fit in any of these tags. Don't worry if yours doesn't.

You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.
Rescue this diary, and add a note:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from Rescue?
Choose where to republish this diary. The diary will be added to the queue for that group. Publish it from the queue to make it appear.

You must be a member of a group to use this feature.

Add a quick update to your diary without changing the diary itself:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary?
(The diary will be removed from the site and returned to your drafts for further editing.)
(The diary will be removed.)
Are you sure you want to save these changes to the published diary?

Comment Preferences

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site