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Journal voting guide is available online now

New Mexico’s general election is less than a month away and, starting today, the Journal is offering voters a guide to navigating the Nov. 4 ballot.

It’s online only and available to the public at no cost. Just go to

Today is a big day for Election 2014: It’s the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 4 election, and it is the start of absentee voting.

With the Journal voter guide, you are just a click or two away from having in front of you most of what you’ll need to sort out a long list of offices, candidates and questions.

Some of what’s in the guide: candidate profiles, candidate questionnaires, candidate columns in their own words, links to Journal news coverage of election contests up and down the ballot and links to official sources and candidate websites.

One of the niftiest features is a link to the New Mexico secretary of state’s sample-ballot finder.

We always get a lot of reader requests here at the Journal for sample ballots. This makes things easy. Click on the link at the top of the Journal voter guide, fill out the information requested by the secretary of state — your county, name and birth date — and you’ve got your very own sample ballot in front of you.

By publishing our guide online only, we don’t mean to ignore those of you without computers. If you don’t have a computer and need information, call us at the Journal and we’ll try to help. We can at least point you in the right direction.

For help, call either of the politics-and-government desk numbers: 505-823-3911 or 505-823-3912.

Our voter guide is pretty comprehensive. It starts at the top of the ballot with races for U.S. Senate and U.S. House and runs down to county government offices.

The county coverage is limited to the Journal’s principal circulation areas, but for state House races in the Legislature, we have attempted to go statewide. Just about everyone seems to agree that control of the House is at stake this year. We invited candidates for all 70 House seats to participate.

The guide is generally organized like the ballot, both for offices and candidates. So, it starts with the U.S. Senate — the top office on the ballot this year. And for all offices, Republicans are listed before Democrats. That’s the official order for the 2014 election.

Candidates for some offices are unopposed. Because of that, you will occasionally see only one candidate listed.

For now, there will be a few blank spaces where candidates are supposed to be. We had a few stragglers. Where candidates declined to respond, you will see the words, “Candidate did not respond to questionnaire.”

But we will be updating the guide up until the election and adding links to our ongoing news coverage.

UpFront is a daily front-page news and opinion column. Comment directly to John Robertson at or 823-3911. Go to to submit a letter to the editor.