Members of the public speaking to Bernalillo County commissioners during a special meeting called Tuesday said it was not the commissioners’ job to judge the merits of the “Democracy Dollars” question before placing it on the November general election ballot. Others told commissioners they should let the voters get their say on the question.
“I was proud of New Mexico when we got the paper ballot, which ensured the integrity of our elections,” said Ann Dunlap, a former mayor of Corrales now living in Albuquerque. “I was proud when we got public financing and allowed candidates to make their way through the political process without having to beg large corporations or wealthy individuals for money. What I’d like to be proud of after this commission closes this meeting tonight is to be able to say, ‘Yes, the commissioners are going to put this on the ballot.’ ”
However, two of the commissioners told the mostly partisan crowd in attendance that it just wasn’t that simple.
After about 90 minutes of public comment, the Bernalillo County Commission voted against the placement of the Democracy Dollars initiative on the November general election ballot.