The right to vote in America is our most sacred right. We, the people, determine who will serve us in the government. Our decisions ultimately determine whether our government will function properly and effectively. It follows, therefore, that we have the duty to research the candidates and issues long before we enter the voting booth.
The New Mexico primary election season is in full swing. I have been receiving in the mail many glossy political circulars prepared by paid professional campaign consultants. And like everyone else, I am being bombarded with political ads on the radio and television. I do not give these mailings or ads a whole lot of weight and consideration.
Out of necessity, I conduct my own research on the candidates, as well as educate myself on any bond issues. I also consider recommendations from local newspapers, as well as endorsements from civic and political groups.
I cannot deny it. It takes a lot of time and effort. Which brings me to judicial elections, and specifically, judicial retention elections. There is good news on this front, very good news.