Voters cast ballots in primary elections

Hannah Grover
Farmington Daily Times
Voters cast ballots at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park during the primary election on Tuesday.

BLOOMFIELD — Registered Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians visited polling locations throughout San Juan county today to help select their party's nominees for the November general election.

More than 200 people had voted at the Bloomfield Multi-Cultural Center before noon.

Frank Gonzales said people often complain about policies and elected officials but do not show up to the polls to vote.

Ray Johnston, left, casts his ballot with help from election clerk Hailey Funk Tuesday at the Aztec Masonic Lodge.

“I’ve always been a patriotic guy,” he said. “That’s why I joined the service and everything so that I can vote.”

Gonzalez served in the U.S. Air Force from 1961 until 1965 and in the U.S. Navy from 1968 until 1971. He wore an Air Force hat today while casting his ballot.

Ray Johnston, the owner of Float ‘N’ Fish in Navajo Dam, cast his ballot at the Aztec Masonic Lodge this morning.

“There was somebody that I didn’t want to see elected into office, so I came to vote for the other guy,” Johnston said.

Election clerk Irene Gallegos counts voter permits Tuesday at Bloomfield City Hall.

Ryan Seitzinger volunteered as a poll worker at Bloomfield City Hall.

“I felt it was my civic duty to come and help,” he said.

He said his aunt asked him to help because City Hall did not have enough poll workers.

Seitzinger said he enjoyed the experience and would recommend other people also volunteer to help.

Election clerks gather information from voters Tuesday at the San Juan County Office of Emergency Management building in Aztec.

“I think it would be a great experience for people to come and try,” he said.

Polls close at 7 p.m. Election results will be available at

Hannah Grover covers government for The Daily Times. She can be reached at 505-564-4652 or via email at