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Los Alamos Voter Guide 2016: Intro

Los Alamos Voter Guide for the 2016 General Election

Los Alamos Voter Guide to the 2016 General Election

Prepared by the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos and the League of Women Voters of New Mexico.

The League of Women Voters, a non-partisan political organization for men and women, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

As a non-partisan organization, the League does not support, oppose, or make recommendations regarding any political party or candidate.

To link to the New Mexico Voter Guide prepared by the League of Women Voters of New Mexico visit New Mexico Voter Guide 2016

Essential Dates

Tuesday, October 11: Voter registration closes. Applications must be received by 5 pm at the County Clerk's office in the Los Alamos County Municipal Building.

Tuesday, October 11: Absentee Voting (by mail and in person) begins.

October 11 - October 21: Absentee Voting in person takes place at the LA County Municipal Building - 1st Floor, Council Chamber,

Monday - Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 22: Early Voting begins at the following locations:

Municipal Building, 1st Floor, Council Chambers

White Rock Library - Multi-Purpose Room

Monday - Saturday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Friday, November 4: Last day the County Clerk to can mail an Absentee Ballot to a voter. All Absentee ballots are physically due back to the County Clerk's Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8th.

Saturday, November 5: Last day for Early Voting at both locations.

November 8: General Election Day. Vote Centers are open 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Registered voters of Los Alamos County may vote at any of the following Vote Centers on Election Day:

Los Alamos County Municipal Building, 1st Floor, Council Chambers

White Rock Library - Multi-Purpose Room

Golf Course Community Building - Multi-Purpose Room

Voting Information

You must be registered by October 11 in order to vote in this election. If you have moved or changed your address or your party affiliation, you should re-register to vote. The County Clerk's office is located in the LA County Municipal Building at 1000 Central Ave, Suite 240, 505-662-8010. Application may be made in person or by mail.

For mail-in registration only, if the applicant is registering for the first time in New Mexico, he or she must submit a copy of one of the following types of identification showing both the name and the NM address of the applicant:

  • a current and valid photo ID such as a driver's license (note that the DMV can issue similar IDs to non-drivers)
  • a utility bill
  • a bank statement
  • a government check, paycheck or other government document.

No identification is required if a voter is merely changing his registration (name, address and/or party affiliation) within the state of New Mexico.

When voting at the Vote Center, you will be asked for your name, address as registered, and year of birth. If you cannot provide this information orally, or if you registered by mail, you will be asked for one of the above forms of identification. With the exceptions noted above, no physical voter identification is required at the poll.

Sample ballots will be available at the County Clerk's office, at the libraries, or online at www.losalamosnm.us (click on "Election Information" under "Popular Links", and look to the right-hand column). Voters may no longer vote for a straight party ticket.

Since electioneering within 100 feet of polling places is prohibited, and since displaying buttons, t-shirts, hats, or other such items is considered electioneering, voters are reminded not to display these items when voting at any Early Voting site or Vote Center.

Information Online

The LWVLA Voters Guide 2016 is available at http://www.lwvlosalamos.org.

Local voting information is available on the Los Alamos County Clerk's website at http://www.losalamosnm.us/clerk/Pages/Elections.aspx. The right-hand column has a great deal of additional information.

Maps of legislative districts are available at the NM Legislature website: http://www.nmlegis.gov/lcs/districts.aspx (click on your district number). A map of the PEC districts is available at the Public Education Department website at http://ped.state.nm.us/ped/PECmap.html.

The website of the Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, http://www.nmjpec.org , includes evaluations and information about judicial retention candidates.

Candidates' Responses to Questions from the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico and the League of Women Voters of Los Alamos sent questionnaires to most of the candidates for the 2016 General Election. Candidates in uncontested local races were not surveyed, but the names and parties of all candidates who will appear on the ballot are listed in the guide.

Because of space restrictions, the League advised the candidates that the length of the responses would be limited. If any answer exceeded the stated limit, we indicate the extra words with ellipses. The responses of candidates are printed exactly as received by the League. We have in no way edited for meaning, grammar, punctuation, or spelling. The League assumes no responsibility for the content of any candidate's reply.

Candidates are listed in ballot order, which was determined by lot on September 7, 2016. The result of the drawing is that Republican candidates will be listed before Democratic candidates.

Thanks

We would like to thank the League of Women Voters of New Mexico Voter Guide editor, Meredith Machen, as well as Suzanne Ronneau of the Santa Fe League and Jo Porter of the Central New Mexico League. The editor of the Los Alamos Voter Guide is Lynn Jones, with the help of Rebecca Shankland, Barbara Calef, Akkana Peck, Dave North, Rosmarie Frederickson, and AAUW member Judy Prono.

The Los Alamos County Clerk's office, the Secretary of State's office, and the Legislative Council Services provided necessary and helpful information.

Copyrightę2016 League of Women Voters of Los Alamos