V.21 No.45 | 11/8/2012
Young Women United / Kirbie Platero


The wait at the polls doesn’t look bad

I was in line by 7:04 am at Jefferson Middle School, and there were at least 50 folks ahead of me. Thank goodness for the bake sale being held in the lobby: The scones held me over until it was my turn. When I left there, were slightly fewer people in line. It was great to see the diversity of voters who turned out early at this neighborhood polling station.

We’ve heard reports of differing waits at the polling locations. You can vote at any of the 69 convenience centers. The county clerk has a color-coded system that will show you what the wait will be like as you head in on your lunch hour. It’s looking pretty good around the city, with green 15-minute waits at most locations.

Or, try the clerk’s new app on your smartphone. Download it at Apple’s App Store or the Android Play Store for free. Just search for “BernCo,” “Bernalillo County” or “My Vote Center.” If you don’t have those services, you can get it right from the home page. There it’s called the Wait Time Feature for My Vote Center.

In our Election Guide, we summed up everything you need to know about voting today.


What’s up with county bond 5?

The Alibi loves bikes. What could be better for our country’s health and the environment than everyone getting out of their cars and powering themselves to work?

It’s part of why we’re not crazy about the Paseo and I-25 interchange revamp. That’s going to suck up so much money. Why not put that cash toward public transit, bike paths or other creative solutions to our vehicle-based problems? When you make the road bigger, it just fills up with more cars.

The city isn’t the only entity pitching funds toward the overhaul, though it’s certainly putting up the most. The county may toss in $5 million, depending on what voters say today.

But here’s the thing: The ballot language on county bond 5 doesn’t say a thing about Paseo. Instead, it says the bond puts cash toward road repair and bike paths. It’s a $10 million bond—and half of it goes to Paseo.


We say vote for it anyway. BernCo residents shouldn’t suffer potholes and dangerous conditions for cyclists because of this shady business. Still, it’d be nice if the ballot language was clearer.


Go vote! The polls are open all day!

You’ve got until 7 p.m. to cast your ballot at any of these 69 polling locations. If you got your absentee ballot in the mail, but you haven’t turned it in yet, you can drop it off at the County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. That’s in City Hall (1 Civic Plaza) on the sixth floor.

You do not have to bring ID.

If you have any problems at the polls, call these voter protection hotlines:







Here’s what the Alibi thought of the candidates and the issues you’ll see on your ballot today.

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The Daily Word in early voting, found kitty, The Lone Ranger

The Daily Word

Nearly half of eligible voters in Bernalillo County have already filled out ballots. Yay for crazy-easy early voting!

Ever heard of the Redskins rule? Apparently it means Romney is going to win.

Cat lost in family move from Oregon to Louisiana was found in Gallup.

NY-NJ area bracing for more bad weather.

John Cusack to produce and star in Rush Limbaugh film.

10-year-old Mescalero boy cast as Tonto in The Lone Ranger.

No more living in the woods in New Mexico.

IMDB's top 250 movies in 2.5 minutes (some language NSFW).

Creepy, manly, real-life Goldilocks.

Lobos fall hard to UNLV Rebels.

The perfect time for suffrage postcards.

Why it's important to resist celebrating Christmas too early in the year.

Another fake-o Bigfoot sighting.

Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard are having a wee one.

V.21 No.44 | 11/1/2012

Answer Me This

Special Election Edition!

What do you know about voting on Election Day? We’ve got all the answers.

V.21 No.43 | 10/25/2012
Jeff Drew


Long-Jump to the Ballot Box

You'd think everyone would be passionate about increasing the ranks of voters and educating people about the importance of civic participation. Right?


Voting: Git ’er Done!

Figure out how, when and where to cast your ballot. It’s easy!
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The Daily Word in freedom fighters, not-so-soothing warmth and dark money

The Daily Word

“For to be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” Happy Birthday to Nelson Mandela.

Top Syrian defense ministers, including President Bashar al-Assad's brother-in-law, were killed in Damascus by a suicide bomber.

Shrinking Greenland ice sheet birthed a Manhattan-sized iceberg.

Track the extent of countrywide drought conditions.

City cracks down on illegal dog breeding.

Investigation of the Little Bear Fire initiated.

Santa Fe is the "best food town."

Senate Republicans heart secret donors.

"Outsized level of influence": an infographic.

The end of Penn State football is a possibility.

Should we be required to vote?

Sorry, but the Olympic mascots creep me out.

Just embrace the suck.

Ugh, I need some good news.

Life in an undersea space station.

V.21 No.23 | 6/7/2012


Vote today!

You can vote at any of 69 voting centers today. The county clerk laid out this great map to show you where they are. They’re open until 7 p.m.

Scope the Alibi’s personalized election guide, where you can enter in your address and see what races you’ll be voting on.

We interviewed candidates in challenged primary races and endorsed our favorites. Here’s the short version.

In some cases, whoever wins the primary today automatically wins the general election because there’s no party opposition on the November ballot. That’s the case for: district attorney, District 2’s county commissioner and District 4’s county commissioner.

If you’ve got any questions about the candidates or about voting today, cruise our handy, Smartphone-friendly guide.

V.20 No.16 | 4/21/2011
Chris Evans as Captain America


Hey, it’s Tax Day! Is that Captain America?

On Election Day, its common to see those who participated in the democratic process sporting an oval-shapped sticker with an American flag declaring “I Voted” Where’s the one for “I Filed My Tax Return”? I suppose it is one of the most hated aspects of being a citizen of the union. Like voting, not all Americans participate. But unlike voting, the feds really (really) want you to. Nay, require you.

Along with the filming of The Avengers in Downtown Albuquerque this morning, protesters turned out to participate in the organized gathering to draw attention to corporate tax shenanigans. With all the film equipment, lighting vans, kraft service carts and security guards, I (for one) mistook the protesters as part of the movie’s background. In reality, I was too busy gawking towards the director chair trying to catch a glimpse of the ultimate patriot. I bet Captain America filed his tax return.

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What's your voting story?

Tell the county clerk, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, about your ballot-casting experience. Why? She wants to be ready for 2012.

(Speaking of 2012, did you hear that ex-Gov. Gary Johnson, Republican supporter of legal pot and gay marriage, is going to announce a run for president in April?)

Toulouse Oliver will be taking calls live on government TV, channel 16, this evening. Phone the clerk between 6 p.m. and 7 p.m. That number is 768-2100.

Or fill out an online survey here.

V.19 No.44 | 11/4/2010


The Voter Bill of Rights

Every registered voter in New Mexico has the right to:

• Inspect a sample ballot before voting;

• Ask for and receive instructions on how to operate the voting machine or mark a paper ballot;

• Ask for and receive instructions on how to cast a provisional ballot if your name is not on the list of voters or if you are required to provide identification and did not bring it to the polls;

• Vote even if the optical scanner is broken;

• Ask for, receive and vote another paper ballot if your paper ballot is spoiled or defective;

• Cast a ballot if you are in line when the polls close;

• Be assisted by a person of your choice if you are disabled or need help reading the ballot (your employer or an agent of your employer, an officer or agent of your union or a candidate on the ballot for this election are not allowed to provide assistance); and

• Vote free from intimidation by election officials or any other person;

False voting, bribery, coercion, or intimidation are election crimes and subject to prosecution.

To ask questions or report problems, call the Voter Information Hotlines at:

1-866-OUR VOTE (866- 687-8683)


1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (888-839-8682)



Poll: Did you vote?

Log in to vote in this poll.

Have you cast a ballot for this election?

Yes. I voted early.

5 (25%)
Yes. I voted today.

9 (45%)
I haven’t voted yet, but I’m planning to before the polls close at 7 p.m.

4 (20%)
No. I’m not registered.

1 (5%)
No. I’m registered, but I don’t like any of the candidates.

0 (0%)
Who cares about politics?

1 (5%)
(Login to vote.)

As of 8:20am, my vote counted for 6.67%


How’s The Turnout?

14 other people had voted before me (ignoring absentee/early-voting ballots). Today is a good day to call bullshit on people who whine that their vote doesn’t count.

“Ninety percent of life is showing up.” -- Woody Allen. No, wait, he said 80 percent. Or was it just 50 percent? And wasn’t it success, not life? Oh crap, I give up. No, I’m sure the quote was about showing up, not giving up.

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Early voting totals

Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver posted the absentee and early voting totals. About 90,000 people in BernCo voted before today, and slightly more Democrats cast their ballots early.