Tuesday, September 01, 2009

An Open Letter to All Candidates

The Commonwealth Election Commission has decided to retract its decision to list all candidates on the ballot by party affiliation. The plan had been to list all Covenant and Republican candidates in two separate columns on the front and all Democratic and Independent candidates in two separate columns on the back. They will now list all candidates by office. There will be a section near the top for Governor, with the four candidates listed, a section below for Senate, with the eight candidates listed, and underneath that will be the section for Mayor, with the nine candidates listed, and so on for the House, Municipal Council, and Board of Education.
September 1, 2009

To all Candidates in the 2009 General Election:

The Commonwealth Election Commission has decided that in accordance with the intent of Public Law 15-7, that this year’s ballot will be organized by race or offices wherein the names of candidates for a particular office or offices shall be placed together identified as candidates for a particular office and the name of the candidate’s political party or independent candidacy shall be placed immediately under the candidate’s name on the ballot.

Accordingly, Executive Director will be conducting the drawings for individual candidates’ location on the ballot for a particular race or office will be held on Friday, September 4, 2009 at the time times listed below at the Commonwealth Election Commission’s office. See NMIAC Section 30-10-402(b). Each candidate has the option of drawing their own number that corresponds to their placement on the ballot under the respective office they are campaigning for, or having a representative do this for them, i.e. a representative of their political party. See NMIAC Section 30-10-402(b). Candidates who fail to participate in the drawing shall be drawn by the staff of the Commonwealth Election Commission.

9:00 a.m. Governor, Mayor and Senate
10:00 a.m. House of Representatives
11:00 a.m. Board of Education, Municipal Council

Thank you for your time and if you have any questions please contact the Commonwealth Election Commission at 664-8683.

This is a good development. This is how every ballot I have ever voted on was designed. Plus, it is never a good idea to vote the party line. It is better to learn about the candidates and vote for them on an individual basis.

What this means for my candidacy is that on Friday morning I will be assigned a number, 1-9. Let's say I pull #2, that means that I'll want to tell all my supporters to vote for Mayor Candidate #2, Angelo O'Connor Villagomez.

It is slightly annoying that this decision is being made so late in the game seeing as I've already spent money for 200 bumper stickers and a banner, none of which have my "number."

Oh well.

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