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2014 NM Voter Guide

Welcome to the Albuquerque Journal’s voter guide for the 2014 general election.

Scroll down through the guide to find key dates and voter information, candidate questionnaires and links to profiles, news stories and columns published in the newspaper. Sometimes, we will direct you to election tools provided by other sources. One of the handiest of these is the sample ballot finder offered online by the New Mexico secretary of state.

The guide is generally organized in ballot order. And stay tuned: We will be adding stories and information as the election season progresses.

The voter guide is available online only and at no cost.

We think you will be able to find what you need to navigate Nov. 4 general election ballots, either through early voting or on Election Day.

Call the Journal’s state government and politics desk at 505-823-3911 or 505-823-3912 — or email us at jrobertson@abqjournal.com or swilliams@abqjournal.com — if you need help with the guide or simply are seeking more information. If we can’t answer your question, we probably can point you in the right direction.

For official election information — including where to register to vote — call your county clerk. The election information telephone number for the Bernalillo County clerk is 468-1290. Telephone numbers for all 33 of New Mexico’s county clerks can be found by clicking here for the secretary of state’s website.

Key Dates

  • Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 4
    • Last day to register to vote: Oct. 7
    • Absentee voting begins: Oct. 7
    • Absentee ballot request deadline: Oct. 31
    • Early voting: Oct. 18 – Nov. 1

    Where to Vote

    On the Nov. 4 ballot

    (Click on a race to show the candidate profiles and related news*)
    (D) – Democrat | (R) – Republican | (DTS) – Decline to state party affilliation | (i) – incumbent

    Judicial Retention

    • New Mexico’s merit selection systems for state judges requires judges who have previously been elected in a partisan election to stand for retention in order to retain their office. Under the names of judges up for retention, voters are asked to mark their ballots “YES” or “NO.”

    • The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission makes recommendations on judges standing for retention. Judges must receive 57 percent voter approval to stay on the bench.

    • Click here to see the list of judges standing for retention in the 2014 general election and the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission recommendations on each judge

    Constitutional Amendments

    • Read details on the five proposed amendments to the state Consitution.

    General Obligation Bonds

    • Read details on the three bond questions facing New Mexico voters, which would authorize a total of $169 million for statewide public works projects.

    Bernalillo County

    Judge of the Metro Court

    (Only contested races are listed — click on a candidate’s name for his/her profile)
    Division 4


    Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control District races are nonpartisan

    Mill Levy Question (Open Space Tax)

    Advisory Questions

    • – Are you in favor of the Bernalillo County Commission supporting County, City and Statewide efforts to decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana?

    • – Are you in favor of the Bernalillo County Commission establishing a one-eighth percent gross receipts tax to be used for the purpose of providing more mental and behavioral health services for adults and children in the Albuquerque and Bernalillo County area, to provide a safety net system that develops continuum of care not otherwise funded in New Mexico?

    Sandoval County

    County Commissioner

    (Only contested races are listed)
    District 1

    Santa Fe County

    *All candidates are unopposed

    County Commissioner

    District 1
    • Henry P. Roybal (D)
    District 3
    • (i) Robert A. Anaya (D)

    County Assessor

    • Gus B. Martinez (D)

    County Sheriff

    • (i) Robert A. Garcia (D)

    Probate Judge

    • Shannon Broderick Bulman (D)

    Ballot Question

    • – Should the Board of County Commissioners (BCC) of Santa Fe County support county, city and statewide efforts to decriminalize possession of one ounce or less of marijuana?
    *Only contested races have candidate profiles