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Be sure to vote

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By The Staff

Dear Editor,

The U.S. presidential election is just over a month away. This election is particularly important. While canvassing during the last several weeks, I had many thought-provoking conversations about politics. I was saddened to hear some folks say that they did not plan to vote and weren’t sure if they were even registered. It seems clear that the month of October promises to be volatile for our nation because of Wall Street, housing prices, energy, etc. Perhaps some previously indifferent citizens might wish they could vote when Nov. 4 rolls around.

So here is what I’ve learned from calling the Los Alamos County Clerk regarding voter registration. You can call the County Clerk at 662-8010 to inquire about your individual registration status. The clerk said that, depending on individual circumstances, if you haven’t voted in the last 4-6 years you may not be registered.

The deadline for new voter registration is today at 5 p.m. The registration forms need to be post-marked by the Los Alamos County Clerk’s (CC’s) office located next to the LA Police Department by Ashley Pond, at 2451 Central Ave., Suite D. These forms can be obtained from the CC’s office, Motor Vehicle Department, or either branch of Mesa Public Library.

The County Clerk’s office also has information about Absentee Voting and Alternate Early Voting.

Consider registering even if you presently don’t plan to vote. Then, on Nov. 4 you at least will have the option of voting if you change your mind.

In 2003 the Bush Administration proposed to regulate Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac (the leading agents of subprime loans) by the Treasury Department. This was fiercely opposed by Democrats who claimed that they were “not facing any kind of financial crisis” (Barney Frank, D-Mass.). Some saw our present financial problems brewing but not enough was done to stave off the maelstrom.

Los Alamos