What the primary election tells us

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By Merilee Dannemann

An old saying reminds us that it’s generally a bad idea to preach sermons on attendance.
Since you are reading this column, you are – obviously – a reader of your local newspaper, which means you stay informed about your community. You probably voted in the recent primary election. Good for you!
So it’s not necessary to explain to you why voting in primaries is important. I just wonder about some of your neighbors.
Voting in the general is going to be more challenging this year for some voters because the Secretary of State has removed the option to vote a straight-party ticket by filling in one fat little dot on the ballot. If you were in the habit of doing this, you have some work to do before November – to learn something about the candidates at every level. If you have already done that, good for you again!
As you know, in New Mexico you must be a registered Democrat or Republican to vote in the primary. Roughly 240,000 New Mexicans, or 20 percent of registered voters, were registered in neither of the two major parties. That’s a lot of people volunteering to disenfranchise themselves.  

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