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Absentee and early voting begins Tuesday for 2008 Primary Election

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By Carol A. Clark

Registered voters can begin casting absentee and early ballots for the June 3 primary election at 8 a.m. Tuesday in the Los Alamos County Clerk’s Office at 2451 Central Avenue, Suite D. The office is open Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Voter registration ends at 5 p.m. Tuesday.

Alternate voting begins May 17 at the White Rock Fire Station at 129 NM N.M. 4. The station will be open for voters from 10 a.m.-6 p.m. each Saturday including May 17, 24 and 31. The station also will be open for alternate voting during the week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday May 20-31.

All absentee and early voting ends at 6 p.m. May 31.

The primary election day polls will remain open from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. June 3.

“We still need poll workers,” said Chief Deputy Clerk Sheryl Nichols. “It’s a paid position and training is provided.”

Poll workers are required to be registered voters, she said, adding that every attempt is made to place voters near their voting locations. Poll workers are only eligible to work the polls in the county in which they are registered.

Poll workers are required to arrive at the assigned polling place at 6 a.m., Nichols said, and remain on site until the presiding judge dismisses them after 7 p.m.

Standard poll workers earn $125 for the day and presiding judges earn $150, she said.

The County Clerk’s Office works closely with the Secretary of State’s Office and operates under Federal Law, New Mexico State Law, and the Los Alamos County Charter for the conduct of all elections.

For information about the election or to find out about serving as a poll worker, contact Election Manager Gloria Maestas at 662-8010.

Candidates

Candidates for office are listed in the order their name will appear on the ballot:

U.S. PRESIDENT

Democrats:

Democratic candidates Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were chosen at the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Presidential Preference Caucus Feb. 5.

Republicans:

John McCain

Ron Paul

U.S. SENATE:

Democrat:

Tom Udall

Republicans:

Steve Pearce

Heather Wilson

U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES DISTRICT 3

Democrats:

Ben R. Lujan

Donald H. Wiviott

Benny J. Shendo Jr.

Harry B. Montoya

Jon Adams

Rudy Martin

Republicans:

Marco E. Gonzales

Daniel K. East

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 5 LOS ALAMOS, RIO ARRIBA, SANTA FE

Democrat:

Richard C. Martinez

No Republican candidate

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 6 LOS ALAMOS, RIO ARRIBA, SANTA FE

Democrats:

Carlos R. Cisneros (incumbent)

Archie Velarde

Erminio E. Martinez

No Republican candidate

STATE REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 43 LOS ALAMOS, SANDOVAL, SANTA FE

No Democratic candidate

Republican:

Jeannette O. Wallace (incumbent)

PUBLIC REGULATION

COMMISSION DISTRICT 3

Democrats:

Bruce Throne

Jerome D. Block Jr.

Joseph M. Maestas

Louis E. Gallegos

Paul D. Campos

Arthur H. Rodarte

No Republican candidate

LOS ALAMOS COUNTY COUNCIL

Democrats:

Manuel J. Baca

Kenneth H. Milder (incumbent)

Republicans:

Sharon Stover

Vincent P. Chiravalle

Independents:

Michael Wismer

COUNTY CLERK

Democrat:

Mary Pat Kraemer (unopposed incumbent)

Precincts

1: White Rock Fire Station

129 N.M. 4

2: Piñon School

90 Grand Canyon

3: White Rock Town Hall

139 Longview Drive

4: White Rock Fire Station

129 N.M. 4

5: St. Joseph’s Hall

196 Meadow Lane

6: Chamisa School

301 Meadow Lane

7: LA Community Building

475 20th Street

8: Senior Center

1000 Oppenheimer Drive

9: New Beginnings

112 East Road

10: Smith Auditorium

1400 Diamond Drive

11: UNM-LA

4000 University Drive

12: Aspen School

2182 33rd Street

13: Pueblo Complex

1900 Diamond Drive

14: Los Alamos Golf Club

4244 Diamond Drive

15: LA Middle School

1 Hawk Drive

16: Barranca School

57 Loma Del Escolar

17: Pueblo Complex

1900 Diamond Drive

18 and 19: Absentee Voting

Clerk’s Office, 2300 Trinity/Ste D

20: Early Voting Site

WR Fire Station, 129 N.M. 4