Our nation is grappling with COVID-19 and social distancing, and our state is working to ensure there is some version of the traditional June primary for the state’s registered Democratic, Republican and Libertarian voters. And that means voters need information on the many candidates running for office.
In addition to the presidency, New Mexico voters who have registered with one of the major parties will be able to cast ballots in races that include U.S. Senate, one of our three congressional districts, the state Supreme Court and state Court of Appeals, the Public Regulation Commission, N.M. Senate and House of Representatives as well as county contests.
The Journal plans to publish its endorsements for contested statewide, and Albuquerque-area, offices as voting begins. At this point, in-person absentee voting is scheduled to start May 5; early in-person voting May 28; switching to an all-mail-in election is being debated.
Candidates in contested races who would like to meet with members of the editorial board – via Zoom video conference or conference call – before endorsements are published should contact Editorial Page editor D’Val Westphal at 823-3858 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include contact phone numbers. Interviews can be scheduled Mondays through Thursdays.
This editorial first appeared in the Albuquerque Journal. It was written by members of the editorial board and is unsigned as it represents the opinion of the newspaper rather than the writers.