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TO ALL CITIZENS WHO VOTED IN THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION – THANK YOU! 

If you want to see all of the Nov. 3 election results, just click here.

There is only one race that must be recounted in our county because of the small difference in the election results between two candidates. The County Clerk’s Office provided an overview of the election with a record number of people voting.

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BOARD OF COUNTY COMMISSIONERS • SPECIAL MEETING

On Nov. 13, 2020, the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) met as the canvassing board and heard from Chief Deputy County Clerk Lindsey Bachman who presented a thorough report regarding the results of the Nov. 3 General Election. She reported that 82,913 persons in Doña Ana County voted. The canvass is an official audit of the election results. Bachman said of the total, 27,815 voters cast their ballot via absentee, 40,236 voted early in-person and 14,862 voted in-person on election day. Approximately 62% of eligible voters voted.

“The turnout was enormous in a time when people are not leaving their houses,” Bachman said. “We all should be proud that voters found value in our democratic process.”

She said COVID-19 did impact the election: there was an increased number of absentee voters and those voting early; additional health precautions were used and PPE was distributed; poll worker trainings were done via Zoom; there was a reduction in the number of voters who could be in the voting rooms; and outdoor absentee ballot boxes were utilized. Bachman said there “was a robust effort to recruit new people” to staff all the election sites, and the transparency of the election “was highly monitored.”

A total of 290 people, including members of the LWVSNM, participated in the various election assignments such as poll watchers, challengers, ond observers. Bachman described some of the challenges they faced, such as a computer server which did not crash but did run slow causing results to be delayed. Bachman said the server needs to be replaced before the next major election. She also indicated tensions among a few individuals for various reasons, but matters were quickly resolved. And, there is need for a recount for State Representative District 53 since the totals were so close. It will be done in the first week of December, she said.

Prior to voting on the resolution, five residents spoke during public input urging the BOCC to vote against accepting the results. They described several “voting discrepancies.” The BOCC voted in favor, 3-to-2, to certify the election results, with Commissioners Isabella Solis and Ramon Gonzalez voting no. The canvass must also be approved by the Secretary of State who also generates all the certificates of nomination. The County then mails the certificates to the winners.

LWVSNM UPDATES ELECTED OFFICIALS DIRECTORY – WHO’S WHO 

The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) announced that a comprehensive directory of elected officials from Doña Ana County has been updated to reflect the outcome of the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election. The November Who’s Who is available to download. The previous 2020 Who’s Who of Elected Officials with officials whose terms end Dec. 30, 2020, can also be downloaded. Copies of the directories are also located on the LWVSNM website or can be picked up at Branigan Memorial Library, City Hall and the County Government Center.

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“For over 30 years, the League has produced Who’s Who to promote communications with the elected public officials who serve us,” Brook said.  “During that period, it has expanded considerably to include officials in Anthony, Hatch, Mesilla, Sunland Park and soil and water conversation districts, as well as Las Cruces and Doña Ana County.” Brook said the directory includes phone numbers, email addresses, as well as website addresses for elected officials.  In addition to county positions, such as County Commissioners, Clerk, Sheriff, Treasurer and Assessor, the directory includes federal officials such as the President and Vice President, Congressmen and the U.S. Senators. State positions from the Executive Branch include the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and members of the Governor’s Cabinet, among others.

“The League is a non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose any candidate. Once candidates are elected, it’s important to get this information into the hands of all residents,” said Eileen VanWie, LWVSNM Co-President. “This directory is a way to keep communication transparent for the electorate.”

The 18-page directory also has contact information for the Las Cruces City Council, the three School Boards in the county, state and local judges, several state commissions, plus the managers for the local governments.

More information about the Who’s Who Directory, or to obtain a copy, contact Brook (kathybrook@comcast.net)  or VanWie (lwvsnm.pres.e@gmail.com).

 

 

100 YEARS AGO WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE WAS RATIFIED

It was August 26, 1920 (that’s 100 years ago!) when the 19th Amendment was officially ratified.  Women finally had the right to vote after years of hard work by the women’s suffragist movement.  (Black women had to wait for many more decades, however.) The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico is proud to recognize the 100th anniversary and asks all Americans to celebrate this milestone.  One way to commemorate this day is to get registered to vote for the November General Election, or to be prepared to vote with a mail-in ballot. Also, ensure your children or grandchildren understand the importance of this Amendment, which changed the face of America’s democracy.

Read More About the 19th Amendment in The Voter newsletter from the League of Central NM

Read the History of the 19th Amendment

Lessons to Help Students Learn About the 19th Amendment