Answer Me This
Special Election Edition!
1) When is Election Day 2012?
a. A week ago, fool, you missed it
b. Tuesday, Nov. 6
c. Whenever the queen says it is
d. Elections happen every Leap Day.
2) Is the presidential race the only thing on the ballot?
a. Of course! For he will be the LEADER of our great nation!
b. Vice prez is on there, too. But nothing else.
c. No way. There are all kinds of races and decisions about money that affect your life directly.
d. The only presidents I care about are the dead ones on my dolla bill$.
3) What will the hourly minimum wage in Albuquerque be if the proposition passes?
4) Do I have to bring ID to the polls to vote?
a. No (with one minor exception)
b. Only if you’re from Mars
c. Of course! You must bring 25 forms of photo ID to vote, and the secretary of state must personally approve each one.
d. Who cares? Snoop Lion isn't on the ballot, so I'm not voting.
1) B. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6, and the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You don't have to vote at a particular site this year. Instead, pick from any of 69 convenient polling locations. Call 243-VOTE or go to bernco.gov/vcc to find out where they are. There's also a free Google app for your smartphone that will tell you how long the wait will be when you get there. At Apple's App Store or the Android Play Store, do a search for "BernCo," "Bernalillo County" or "My Vote Center."
2) C. It's hard to remember while all those crazy commercials are taking over the airwaves, but even if you don't care who wins the national races, there's a lot of other stuff on the ballot that's hyper local. Burqueños will be deciding whether to spend millions on revamping the Paseo del Norte and I-25 interchange. We'll also be choosing whether to increase the minimum wage in the Duke City. Not to mention we'll be electing local politicians who make decisions about our air and water, our law enforcement, our city. We talked to most of them for you. Get the inside scoop at alibi.com before heading into the voting booth.
3) B. If voters say yes to the proposition on the ballot, the hourly minimum will increase by a dollar to $8.50. Tipped employees—servers and the like—would see a raise, too. Their wages would go up over the course of the next two years to about $5 per hour. If the measure is approved, the cost of living would factor into Albuquerque's minimum wage from here on out.
4) A. You DO NOT have to bring ID to the polls. You'll just have to verbally provide your name, address and birth year. There is one tiny exception. If you registered to vote by mail and did not attach a copy of a photo ID, you'll have to show them something at the polls. This could be a driver's license, utility bill, paycheck, bank statement or other government document that shows your name and your address in the county. It does not have to include a photo. If you run into any trouble—say a poll worker mistakenly demands to see your ID—there are two nonpartisan hotlines you can call for help: 1-866-OUR-VOTE or 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA.