It'll all be over in a week

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By Carol A. Clark

ALBUQUERQUE – America’s new president will be revealed a week from today and both presidential candidates held rallies Saturday in Albuquerque in what is likely to be their final sweep through New Mexico before Tuesday’s election.

As they have on five previous visits, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., addressed the economy, Iraq, health care and education.

They stressed the importance of claiming victory in New Mexico.

“My friends, we need to win New Mexico on Nov. 4,” McCain said during his Country First Rally at the state fairgrounds.

“I’m going to create wealth for all Americans by creating opportunities for all Americans.”

Wife Cindy McCain and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., participated in the rally.

Obama’s Change We Need Rally at The University of New Mexico’s Johnson Field drew some 45,000 people. UNM fire officials estimated 35,000 were on the sports field and another 10,000 surrounded the perimeter.

“You hold this election in your hands,” Obama said adding, “Latinos, you hold this election in your hands all across the country. New Mexico – together you and I will change America and together you and I will change the world.”

Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Gov. Bill Richardson and comedian George Lopez were among others who spoke to the crowd before Obama took the stage.

Both Obama and McCain called on supporters to vote early.

Early and absentee voting started in New Mexico on Oct. 18 and will continue through Saturday at county clerk offices and satellite locations throughout the state.

Locally, registered residents can vote early by absentee in the Office of the County Clerk, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday at 2451 Central Ave., modular Unit D, located in the parking lot in front of the police station.

They also can vote from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday at the White Rock Fire Station, 129 N.M. 4.

Ballots to vote by mail can be requested through Thursday.

Polls open for the 2008 general election from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday.

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.

Election results will be canvassed at 11 a.m., Nov. 7 in the Office of the County Clerk. This process is open for observation to all candidates, media and the public.

Los Alamos residents running for local and state offices include incumbent Rep. Jeannette Wallace, R-Los Alamos, Sandoval and Santa Fe counties. She is running unopposed.

County council candidates include Democrats Manuel Baca and Ken Milder, Republicans Vincent Chiravalle and Sharon Stover and Independent Michael Wismer. Incumbent Mary Pat Kraemer-D, is running unopposed for County Clerk.

For election information, contact the Office of the County Clerk, 662-8010 or Clerks@mail.lacnm.us.