Locals, candidates against straight-ticket voting

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By Tris DeRoma

The Supreme Court of New Mexico is set to hear oral arguments today on whether New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver can enact straight-ticket voting in New Mexico.

Many Los Alamos officials and candidates are against changing the ballots. 

During a voting drive on the Los Alamos High School’s main campus Tuesday, county officials and students weighed in on the issue.

“I’m torn between both sides because we always want voting to be as accessible and easy as possible for folks, that way we don’t deter a voter from voting,” Maestes said. “At the same time, and I can’t stress this enough, I want folks to be informed voters… I sometimes think that accessibility might take away from that.”

The plaintiff’s suit also warned about “roll off” where voters voting straight party may forget to vote about key questions and referendums in their community. Maestas noted that Los Alamos voters would be voting on the reauthorization of the regional transit gross receipts tax question, which asks voters if they want to extend the tax beyond the 2024 sunset date. The tax supports the services, and if it goes away, will adversely impact the services the North Central Regional Transit District provides its customers.

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