Paper ballot bill among those clearing Legislature in final hours

By Susan Montoya The Associated Press SANTA FE — Lawmakers approved a flurry of bills in the final hours of the session that ended Thursday, including a measure that would impact voters across the state by requiring all counties to use paper ballot systems. Voters would fill in spaces on the ballots for the candidates […]

Senate approves paper ballot voting systems in close vote

By Deborah Baker SANTA FE — A requirement that every New Mexico county use paper ballot voting systems passed the Senate on a party-line vote Monday. With less than three days left in the legislative session, the bill headed to the House. Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson is pushing for the change, saying paper ballots would […]

Local News Briefs (Jan. 6)

Curry County institutes burn ban CLOVIS — Curry County commissioners have banned all outdoor burning — everything from fireworks to barbecuing on a grill — to try to prevent grassfires. Grassfires that broke out last Sunday burned more than 53,000 acres along New Mexico’s eastern boundary around Hobbs, Tatum and Logan, south of Curry County. […]

Voter claims ballot is confusing

By Ryan Lengerich A Curry County woman says misuse of Spanish grammar on the state absentee ballots’ inner envelope causes confusion as to whether the vote will be counted. Election officials have acknowledged the mistake but said all votes will be counted. Maria Cheverez said when she received her absentee ballot last week she noticed […]

Portales has options for beer-wine license

By Tony Parra Portales has two windows in which it could hold an election related to beer and wine licenses in 2004. City officials plan to meet to talk about their options at 7 p.m. on Dec. 2 at City Hall. The earliest an election could be held regarding the beer-wine issue is mid-April. It […]