ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Voters across New Mexico head to primary election polling places today – many of them to cast ballots in new locations.
In Bernalillo County, voters will cast ballots at 69 new “My Vote Centers” that are replacing about 180 precinct-based polling places where voters traditionally have gone on Election Day. Voters can select any voting center most convenient for them.
Five new vote centers also will replace traditional precinct-based voting locations in Rio Rancho.
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Around the state, 16 of 33 counties will conduct voting today using the new, consolidated voting centers.
Primary election voting is open only to registered Republicans and Democrats. The ballot runs from presidential nominations to probate judges, with the New Mexico Legislature, the Public Regulation Commission and other offices in between.
Polling places around the state will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
For Election Day voting questions, call your county clerk. For Bernalillo County, the number is 505-243-VOTE. Phone numbers for all county clerks around the state are linked to in the Journal’s online Voter Guide at ABQjournal.com.
The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office plans to use its Facebook page to provide updates on which vote centers around Albuquerque are having the longest lines and waits.
Turnout for the primary is expected to be low, partly because President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney already have their parties’ presidential nominations locked up, and partly because primary election turnouts ordinarily are small.
“There’s just not that much action,” political analyst Brian Sanderoff said. “Sometimes we have more contested races than we do now, sometimes we don’t. It is a little quiet (this election). There’s no reason to think turnout is going to be high.”
One race where there has been plenty of action, however, is the contentious 1st Congressional District race based in Albuquerque. State Sen. Eric Griego and Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham were neck-in-neck for the Democratic nomination in a May 21-24 Journal Poll while former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chávez trailed.
The 1st District Democrats – seeking to replace Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., who is running for the U.S. Senate – launched a barrage of attacks against each other in recent weeks. The winner will face Republican Janice Arnold-Jones, a former state representative who is unopposed in the primary election.
Today’s ballot also includes Democratic and Republican nominations for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman, a Democrat who has held the seat for the past 30 years.
There also are active contests in the Albuquerque and Santa Fe areas for seats on the image-troubled Public Regulation Commission.
Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver said absentee and early, in-person voting for the primary, which closed Saturday, appears to be about 10 percent below the early turnout in 2008.
That rate beats the county clerk’s earlier projections that early voting was down about 18 percent after a larger-than-expected crowd voted on Saturday, Oliver said.
Total primary election turnout in 2008 was about 26 percent, Oliver said. This year is expected to be lower, she said.
“Probably a little bit down (from 2008), but not significantly down like we were thinking,” Oliver said Monday.
The U.S. Department of Justice on Monday said it plans to monitor elections today in Sandoval and Cibola counties, ensuring American Indian voters in those counties have necessary language translation at the polls to prevent discrimination.
Cibola County Clerk Lisa Bro said the poll monitoring by federal officials has become routine after a 1993 discrimination complaint.
“In the past, Cibola County had not complied. Under my administration, we were able to comply. It’s nothing new to us,” Bro said of the federal elections monitoring.
Bernalillo County and Rio Rancho Vote Centers
A. Montoya Elementary School, 24 Public School Road, Tijeras 87059
Adobe Acres Elementary, School, 1724 Camino del Valle SW 87105
Albuquerque High School, 800 Odelia NE 87102
Alice Hoppes Pavilion, 310 San Pedro NE 87108
Arroyo Del Oso Elementary, School, 6504 Harper NE 87109
Atrisco Heritage High School, 10800 Dennis Chavez SW 87121
Bandelier Elementary School, 3309 Pershing Ave SE 87106
Bellehaven Elementary School, 8701 Princess Jeanne NE 87112
Chaparral Elementary School, 6325 Milne NW 87120
Cibola High School, 1510 Ellison NW 87114
Del Norte High School, 5323 Montgomery NE 87109
Desiderio Community Center, ToHajiilee, 87026
Double Eagle Elementary School, 8901 Lowell NE 87122
Duranes Elementary School, 2436 Zickert NW 87104
East San Jose Elementary School, 415 Thaxton SE 87102
Eisenhower Middle School, 11001 Camero NE 87111
Eldorado High School, 11300 Montgomery NE 87111
Forest Meadow Baptist Church, 54 Highway 217, Tijeras 87059
Garfield Middle School, 3501 Sixth NW 87107
Hayes Middle School, 1100 Texas NE 87110
Highland High School, 4700 Coal SE 87108
Hoover Middle School, 12015 Tivoli NE 87111
Hubert Humphrey Elementary School, 9801 Academy Hills NE 87111
Isleta Recreation Center, Building 60, Tribal Road 40, Isleta 87022
Jackson Middle School, 10600 Indian School NE 87112 Jefferson Middle School, 712 Girard NE 87106
Kennedy Middle School, 721 Tomasita NE 87123
La Cueva High School, 7801 Wilshire NE 87122
LBJ Middle School, 6811 Taylor Ranch NW 87120
Madison Middle School, 3501 Moon NE 87111
Manzano High School, 12200 Lomas NE 87112
Manzano Mesa Elementary School, 801 Elizabeth SE 87123
McKinley Middle School, 4500 Comanche NE 87110
Montezuma Elementary School, 3100 Indian School NE 87106
Mountain View Elementary School, 5317 Second SW 87105
Oñate Elementary School, 12415 Brentwood Hills NE 87112
Pajarito Elementary School, 2701 Don Felipe SW 87105
Polk Middle School, 2220 Raymac SW 87105
Raymond G. Sanchez Community Center, 9800 Fourth NW 87114
Rio Grande High School, 2300 Arenal SW 87105
Sandia High School, 7801 Candelaria NE 87110
Taylor Middle School, 8200 Guadalupe Tr NW 87114
Truman Middle School, 9400 Benavides SW 87121
Valle Vista Elementary School, 1700 Mae SW 87105
Valley High School, 1505 Candelaria NW 87107
Van Buren Middle School, 700 Louisiana SE 87108
Ventana Ranch Elementary School, 6801 Ventana Village NW 87114
Vista Grande Community Center, 15 La Madera, Sandia Park 87047
Volcano Vista High School, 8100 Rainbow NW 87114
Washington Middle School, 1101 Park SW 87102 West Mesa High School, 6701 Fortuna NW 87121
Zuni Elementary School, 6300 Claremont NE 87110
98th & Central, 120 98th NW
Caracol Plaza, 12500 Montgomery NE
Central & Juan Tabo Plaza, 11816 Central SE
Clerk’s Annex, 620 Lomas NW
Conejos Office Park, 6700 Jefferson NE
Coors Plaza, 3200 Coors NW
Daskalos Center, 5339 and 5339-A Menaul NE
Goff Plaza, 1720 Bridge SW
Guadalupe Plaza, 6211 Fourth NW
Montgomery Crossing, 8510 Montgomery NE
Paseo Crossing, 8000 Paseo Del Norte NE
Paseo Del Norte Shopping Center, 8521 Golf Course NW
Rio Bravo Meal Site, 3912 Isleta Blvd SW
Siesta Hills, 5405 Gibson SE Sun Country Plaza, 9445 Coors NW
University of New Mexico, Student Union Building
Village Council Chambers, 12 Camino Municipal 87059
Voters who live outside Rio Rancho must go to the polling station assigned to their precinct. A list of the polling stations is on the county website, www. sandovalcounty. com, click on Bureau of Elections
Voters can go to any one of the following convenience centers: Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle
Rio Rancho Elementary School, 4601 Pepe Ortiz Road
Rio Rancho Middle School, 1600 40th Street
Mountain View Middle School, 4101 Montreal Loop
Puesta Del Sol Elementary School, 450 Southern Boulevard.
— This article appeared on page A1 of the Albuquerque Journal