Voter registration, party changes on the rise for upcoming election

By Thomas Garcia


QCS Senior Writer

New voter registration and party changes continue to increase daily for the 2016 primary election with early voting starting Tuesday in Quay County.


There have been at least 20 people daily who come in to register or change their party affiliation for the Primary Election, said County Clerk Veronica Marez.


Marez said a voter who has registered or declared a party affiliation before the 5 p.m., deadline on Tuesday will be able to vote in the primary. 


The difference between registered Democrats and Republican voters in Quay County has been cut in half since March 8, said chief deputy county clerk Ellen White.


White said as of today, there are 5,980 registered voters in Quay County; 2,691 are registered Democrats, 2,160 are Republicans and 1,129 are independent. She said at the start of the year, Democrats outnumbered Republicans by more than 1,000; that number is now 531.


White said current voter registration rolls have declined since the 2014 primary. She explained that two years ago, the county had 6,070 registered voters, 2,938 Democrats, 2,046 Republicans and 1,086 independents.


White said elections officials expect the number of new voters and party shifts to increase until the Tuesday deadline.

Quay County 2016 Sample Ballots

Senate District 7

Democrat

President of the United States
Bernard Sanders
Hillary Clinton

United States Representative (District 3)
Ben Ray Lujan

Secretary of State
Maggie Toulouse Oliver

Public Education Commissioner (District 9)
Trish Ruiz

District Attorney (Tenth Judicial District)
Timothy Lee Rose

Justice of the Supreme Court
Michael E. Vigil

Justice of the Court of Appeals
Julie J. Vargas

Quay County Commissioner (District 1)
Daniel Garcia
Robert J. Lopez
Sue Dowell (Incumbent)
Doyle W Fraiser

Quay County Clerk
Ellen L. White

Quay County Treasurer
Andrew M. Angel

Republican

President of the United States
Jeb Bush
Benjamin S. Carson
Ted Cruz
Carly Fiorina
John R. Kasich
Donald J. Trump

United States Representative (District 3)
Michael H. Romero
Michael Glenn Lucero

Secretary of State
Nora Espinoza

State Senator (District 7)
John Patrick Woods

State Representative (District 67)
Dennis J. Roch

Justice of the Supreme Court
Judith H. Nakamura

Justice of the Court of Appeals
Stephen G. French

District Judge (Tenth Judicial District)
Albert J. Mithchell (Incumbent)
Donald C. Schutte

Quay County Commissioner (District 2)
Michael W. Cherry

Quay County Treasurer
Patsy R. Gresham

Senate District 8

Democrat

President of the United States
Bernard Sanders
Hillary Clinton

United States Representative (District 3)
Ben Ray Lujan

Secretary of State
Maggie Toulouse Oliver

State Senator (District 8)
Pete Campos

Public Education Commissioner (District 9)
Trish Ruiz

District Attorney (Tenth Judicial District)
Timothy Lee Rose

Justice of the Supreme Court
Michael E. Vigil

Justice of the Court of Appeals
Julie J Vargas

Quay County Commissioner (District 1)
Daniel Garcia
Robert J. Lopez
Sue Dowell (Incumbent)
Doyle W. Fraiser

Quay County Clerk
Ellen L. White

Quay County Treasurer
Andrew M. Angel

Republican

President of the United States
Jeb Bush
Benjamin S Carson
Ted Cruz
Carly Fiorina
John R. Kasich
Donald J. Trump

United States Representative (District 3)
Michael H. Romero
Michael Glenn Lucero

Secretary of State
Nora Espinoza

State Representative (District 67)
Dennis J. Roch

Justice of the Supreme Court
Judith H. Nakamura

Justice of the Court of Appeals
Stephen G. French

District Judge (Tenth Judicial District)
Albert J. Mithchell (Incumbent)
Donald C. Schutte

Quay County Commissioner (District 2)
Michael W. Cherry

Quay County Treasurer
Patsy R. Gresham

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