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Mail-In Balloting During Virus Pandemic | The Line

COVID-19 and Elections

March 27, 2020 – Gene Grant and The Line opinion panelists look toward the possibility of holding an all-mail primary election. Many volunteers for an election are seniors, who are of course among the most vulnerable to the coronavirus; would a mail-in ballot alleviate that risk? The Line thinks out-of-the-box for dealing with upcoming elections. 

Line Panelists:
Lonna Atkeson, UNM Political Science professor  
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR   
Laura Sanchez, attorney

For Further Reading:   

No plans to delay primaries, and SOS encourages vote by mail— NM Political Report 

New Mexico encourages mail-in balloting amid virus concerns— Associated Press

COVID-19 Response: Call Your Parents & Scam Alerts

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Your NM Gov is back and shifting gears with weekday news updates on coronavirus, plus community stories, resources and an eye on government response.

In episode 26, host Khalil Ekulona of KUNM radio calls his folks. Then, he talks with Karen Meyers, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Initiative about scammers who are using COVID fears to prey on people. We also hear from Aging & Long-Term Services Secretary Katrina Hotrum-Lopez about what the state’s seniors need, how people can pitch in and what changes are being made around the state.

Plus, a news update: Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Monday, March 23, ordered non-essential businesses to close and told people in New Mexico to stay home.

We’re keeping a full list of all episodes’ resources at bit.ly/YNMGhub. But here’s what we got from today:

  • cabq.gov/scams — Find out if the person you’re talking to is trying to use fears about the virus to scam people. Albuquerque’s Consumer Financial Protection Initiative is keeping track.
  • ftc.gov — If you think you got scammed, report it to the Federal Trade Commission.
  • bit.ly/covidhelpforseniors — Want to help make sure the state’s seniors get food? You can volunteer.
  • Read the state’s emergency order issued Monday, March 23. Is your business or workplace on the state’s list of essential services? And what does it mean when the governor says “stay home“?

How are things going for you? We want to know. Share your quarantine stories by calling: (505) 218-7084 and leaving us a message. We could roll them into a future episode.

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