NM Political Report usual election night liveblog will run throughout the evening. Polls close at 7 p.m. and vote counts will last well into the night. County officials will begin posting results after polls close and they will be available here. The large amount of absentee ballots mean that many races will not have enough sufficient information to project who won, but we will track any news from around the state. Also, read our story on what to watch during Election Day.
Voters who have not already voted will go to the polls today to cast their ballots. New Mexicans cast 456,224 early in-person votes and a record-breaking number of votes by absentee ballots. Turnout looks likely to pass the total from 2008, the state’s current record-high number of votes in any election, with today’s turnout. And today, thousands will flock to the polls statewide, which are open from 7 a.m to 7 p.m.
Last week, the Secretary of State said she hoped that most votes would be counted by election night but the tabulation of absentee ballots would likely take several days. Unlike some other states, all absentee ballots must arrive by the close of polls to be valid.
A new legislative session begins today, with a new governor and a revamped and enlarged Democratic majority in the state House. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham will deliver her first State of the State address to a joint session of the state Legislature some time after the Legislature starts the session at noon. Legislators, including many freshman, will be sworn into the House. We’ll be following it all day through our liveblog below. Note: The live blog should automatically update, no need to refresh the page.
UPDATE: Our liveblog is done for the night. The archive remains below, and you can read our story on Tim Keller’s victory. We’re back again tonight with another liveblog on election night. This time, it’s a very short ballot—for most voters in Albuquerque, just one question: Tim Keller or Dan Lewis for Albuquerque mayor. We will stick around until the bitter end tonight.
As we have done with big election nights in recent years, we will be providing live updates on the Albuquerque municipal elections all night. The big race, of course, is to see who will be the next mayor. It’s not considered likely that any candidate will get the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff in November. The liveblog below will update automatically, no need to refresh.
The Election Day that seemed like it would never happen is here. Today, not only will we see the results in a presidential election, New Mexicans will also decide the next Secretary of State and which party controls the State House of Representatives and State Senate. Also, a whole bunch of county commission seats are up for grabs. It’s a very big year, and we’ll be here to cover all of the the most important races, stories and anything else that comes up. We’ll start posting at 6 p.m., but look for the largest amount of posts to come as the polls close at 7 p.m.
Voters, Democrats and Republicans at least, head to the polls today to vote on a variety of races from president down to county races. NM Political Report will keep you up to date with all of the races, especially the 13 high-profile races we outlined earlier. Follow along with the liveblog, that will start a few hours before polls close and last into the night. We will also be publishing shorter blog posts throughout the day. //
The discussion in Senate Public Affairs Committee on five pieces of legislation related to REAL ID promises to be one of the more interesting discussions this legislative session and we will be liveblogging the whole thing today. The committee will look at legislation to put New Mexico in line with the federal REAL ID Act and address that the state allows those who are in the country illegally to have driver’s licenses. The bills are:
—SB 174: Driver’s License Issuance & REAL ID by Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque. —SB 216: Driver’s License Issuance & REAL ID by Sen. Craig Brandt, R-Rio Rancho. —SB 231: Driver’s License Issuance & REAL ID by Sen. Pete Campos, D-Las Vegas.