Those seeking to register to vote have until the close of business today to do so. You can fill out a registration form at the Luna County Clerk's Office, located within the Luna County Courthouse at 700 S. Silver Avenue, or you can one of many online services, such as rockthevote.com/NewMexico.
If you are registering to vote for the first time, according to the Secretary of State, you must submit a copy of a current and valid photo identification or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student ID or other government document.
Identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows name and current address is also acceptable. If you do not submit a form of identification when you register, you will be required to do so when you vote in person or as an absentee.
Early voting also begins today from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the county clerk's office. The last day to vote early at the clerk's office is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Early voting will also be held at the Mimbres Valley Learning Center, 2300 E. Pine St., but it begins Saturday, Oct. 20 and will run through until Saturday, Nov. 3. Voting at the MVLC is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays.
Luna County voters will have the opportunity to vote on races at the local, state and national level, as well as several amendments and bond issues.
Locally, the race for District No. 3 county commissioner is pitting incumbent Democrat R. Javier Diaz against Republican Philip Skinner and Independent Martha Long. Only voters living in District No. 3 will able to vote for that commission race.
County clerk candidate Andrea Rodriguez and county treasurer Dora Madrid, both Democrats, are running unopposed in their respective races.
Races for Sixth Judicial District positions will be open to voters in Grant, Luna and Hidalgo Counties. For the judge's race, incumbent Republican Jarod Hofacket will face Democrat - and current Sixth Judicial District special master - Jennifer DeLaney. In the district attorney's face, Democrat Francesca Estevez is running against Republican Gabor George Zsoka.
At the state level, Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Democrat and incumbent, will defend his seat against Republican challenger Russell Allen for state senate District No. 35. Dona Irwin, incumbent Democrat representing District No. 32, will defend her state representative seat against Thomas Guerra, a Republican.
For the U.S. Senate seat to be vacant by Sen. Jeff Bingaman's retirement, Democrat Martin Heinrich faces Republican Heather Wilson and Independent American Party candidate Jon Ross Barrie. For the District No. 2 U.S. Representative seat, incumbent Republican Rep. Steve Pearce will defend his seat against Democrat Evelyn Madrid Erhard.
Voters will also a choice between Democrat Barbara Vigil and Republican Paul Kennedy for Justice of the Supreme Court. For Judge of the Court of Appeals, Democrat Monica Zamora faces Republican Miles Hanisee.
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