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Tue Oct 6, 2020, 02:03 AM

New Mexico, Confused About Voting In The 2020 Election? "Better Know A Ballot" Is Here To Help!

Hey New Mexico! Stephen Colbert wants to help all New Mexicans exercise their right to vote in the 2020 election. The guidelines for registering to vote and voting by mail can be confusing so here are all the resources you need to make a plan to vote! Visit http://www.BetterKnowABallot.com/NM for all the details!

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Reply New Mexico, Confused About Voting In The 2020 Election? "Better Know A Ballot" Is Here To Help! (Original post)
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PoindexterOglethorpe Oct 2020 #1
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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Original post)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 03:12 AM

1. This state has excellent early voting, which I love.

I moved here in 2008, and I always early vote.

Plus, whether you vote early or on election day, you don't need to stress out figuring exactly which precinct location you need to go to. You just go to any voting location in the county, tell them who you are, and they print up the correct ballot for you on the spot. Could not be easier.

Other states could take a lesson from New Mexico.

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Response to PoindexterOglethorpe (Reply #1)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 03:25 AM

2. That sounds absolutely wonderful!

And it does sound like something that other states should adopt - especially since voting in this election is awfully confusing. I voted absentee in the primary for the first time since college - since I'm in New York and the governor sent an application to every voter. For the GE, I have the option of voting early for the first time and I was sent a very helpful notice with all the dates and times as well as information on all the other options. But I'm still second guessing myself, New Mexico sounds much easier. Plus, you have much better winters than we have in the Northeast!

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Response to Rhiannon12866 (Reply #2)

Tue Oct 6, 2020, 04:34 AM

3. It is remarkably easy here.

When I first moved here, if you voted on Election Day itself, whether the primary or the regular election you needed to show up at the right precinct. That has changed. Now, and I'm pretty sure this is true for the entire state, you go to a polling place in your county, tell them who you are, and your ballot is printed up on the spot.

Once you've filled in all the circles, you give it to a poll worker, who runs it through a machine and let you know if you've done a serious screw up such as voting twice in the same candidacy. How nice is that?

One of my polling places is a local school, where kids help out during the day. The adults on site make sure the kids get to do as much as possible. I really, really hope those kids take home the lesson that voting isn't scary and they will do it as soon as they are able. They do seem quite thrilled to be participating.

Ohh, and the winters here are wonderful. The locals always act as if until perhaps three years ago the climate was exactly like San Diego, which makes me crazy. No offense to San Diego, but winters here are not that hard. Trust me. I was born in northern NY State. I've lived in Minneapolis and Colorado. And even Overland Park, KS, which has a decidedly harder winter than here. Yeah, we get snow. But almost always it melts off by noontime. I understand the first snowplows for this city weren't purchased until about 20 years ago. Which tells you a lot.

If you decide to move here, PM me and I'll cheerfully tell you lots more.


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