Albuquerque Municipal Election – October 4, 2011
Yesterday I went to early vote at the City Annex at 604 Menaul NW. I was not surprised to see that there were no cars in front, it was mid-afternoon, but I was appalled to find that I was voter number 50 for the day! What is going on? Do people care so little about their city that they are not showing up to vote on these very important bond measures and City Councilor races?
I know it is a secret ballot, but I am happy to report that I voted yes for Bonds 1-11 and on Bond 13. I voted NO on Bond 12.
Question # 12: Gross Receipts Tax Revenue Bond
“Shall the City of Albuquerque issue up to $50,000,000 of its gross receipts tax revenue bonds to finance certain capital projects: Paseo Del Norte and I-25 Interchange Improvements (not to exceed $25 million) and a Multi-Sports Complex (not to exceed $25 million) as identified as part of the program generally known as ABQ the Plan?” *http:www.cabq.gov/clerk
I voted no because I do not believe the hype and I do not trust the Mayor. I encourage everyone to vote and to be sure to vote no on # 12.
I was also asked for a picture ID in order to cast my ballot. I had forgotten that “the voters of Albuquerque passed an amendment to the Election Code of the Albuquerque City Charter on October 4, 2005, that requires voters in a city election to provide a photo identification card prior to voting.” *http://www.lwvabc.org/elections/index.html
HOW DID WE LET THAT HAPPEN?? I vaguely remember the amendment passing, and believe me, I am kicking myself because I did not become a militant fanatic about keeping it from passing. I am like most other voters; things slip by me as life occurs. Well, I am saying something about it now. One of my litmus test questions to a candidate for mayor or city councilor will be: Do you believe in repealing the amendment that demands photo ID for voting in municipal elections? If they answer yes, I will consider them, if they answer no, they will not get my support and I will be vocal in sharing their answers.
One of the joys about being an openly, active Democrat is that people I know in my everyday life often ask me for my opinion on who to vote for and which issues to approve. I estimate that every election I am responsible for 25+ votes. In a low turnout election, like the October 4th seems doomed to be, this is a huge number. That is why speaking up and sharing your Democratic beliefs is so very important.
Upcoming State Central Committee Meeting and Executive Committee Meeting – September 23 & 24
When I lost the race for State Vice-Chair I also gave up my seat on the State Central Committee (SCC). Well, I am an interested and involved Democrat and I am driving down to Roswell on Friday to spend my money and my time supporting Chaves County Dems and carrying several proxies from my county so that I will have a voice and a vote. I don’t believe that the agenda for the meeting is very pressing but the State Party Bylaws mandate a fall meeting and by golly, a Fall meeting we will have. SCC meetings are always a great opportunity to see Democrats from around the state, old friends, new faces and our State officers. I have attended several of the standing committee meetings and look forward to their reports to the SCC. I am hoping to hear from our DNC members and get substantive reports about what the Democratic National Committee is up to. There was a meeting in mid-September and one earlier this summer. I haven’t seen any reports coming from them as yet. One of the key points of my campaign was the promise to notify each SCC member before I went to a DNC meeting to get their input and then a follow up report when I returned. Let’s see if we can get the current DNC members to do just that.