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The Line: State Certifies 2018 Elections, But More Still To Be Done

1222 Line Election

November 30, 2018 – The 2018 midterm elections have been certified by the State Canvassing Board, but that doesn’t mean that the election fuss is over. Tight finishes will lead to a vote recount in three state legislative races, and a judge has agreed to impound the absentee ballots in the race for the Congressional District 2 seat to check for any voting irregularities. Also, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has said she will push for same-day voter registration in the upcoming legislative session, and there will likely be a new call for open primaries as well. With more democratic control in the House, is any of this more likely to pass this year?

Gene Grant and the Line panelists debate this question and wrap up the recent elections with their thoughts on the voting process.

Line Panelists:
Dan Foley, former NM House minority whip
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Sophie Martin, attorney
Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

The Line: Midterm Election Results

Deb Haaland

November 9, 2018 – New Mexico made election history by sending a Native American woman to congress for the first time when Deb Haaland won the election in Congressional District 1.  In Congressional District 2, Xochitl Torres Small made a surprise come-from-behind win. Michelle Lujan Grisham pulled out a big win over Steve Pearce by nearly 14 points. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at the impacts of these races and New Mexico’s part in two big trends…the so-called “Blue Wave” and the “Year of the Woman.”

Line Panelists:
Michael Bird, public health consultant
Tom Garrity, the Garrity Group PR
Cathryn McGill, founder/director, NM Black History Organizing Committee
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney at Cuddy and McCarthy, LLP