Vote like our democracy depends on it

Dear Voters and Supporters,

November 3, 2020 will be a critical national election. I truly believe that democracy is on the ballot. To preserve the system of government envisioned by our Founding Fathers we must elect public servants of good will who are able to work with people from every walk of life and every political stripe.

Democrats, Decline-to-state (DTS) voters, and Republicans who feel their party no longer represents them must let the Trump administration and those Republicans who have toed the line know in no uncertain terms that we have had enough. From the Presidential race to my state representative race we need competent government that cares about all of us. An overwhelming number of us must say this in the upcoming election.

This means we all must vote! That is why I’m devoting the rest of this newsletter to ensuring you have the information you need to get it done. Let your friends and family know too!


Voting by Mail is Safe, Secure, and Convenient

During the pandemic, I want you to vote safely. For many people, voting safely means voting by mail. If you have ever voted by absentee ballot in New Mexico, you already know how to vote by mail because it’s exactly the same thing. You request your absentee ballot, fill it out, provide your signature, and mail it back in the prepaid envelope. If you are registered to vote and do not request an absentee ballot online, the Sandoval County Clerk will automatically send you a ballot request form in the mail.

If you are concerned about the recent slowdown of mail service you can place your ballot in a secure drop box.

Secure drop boxes will be available at the County Clerk’s office, at all early polling locations, and at all polling locations on Election Day.

Without evidence, President Trump and other Republican partisans say vote by mail will lead to massive fraud. The President even stated he votes by mail. With roughly a quarter of all votes cast by mail in the last two federal elections, fraud rates were vanishingly small. A person is more likely to be struck by lightning than to commit mail voting fraud. Voting by mail is the primary method of voting in five states and none have experienced problems with their vote by mail systems.

Voting by mail not only will protect public health during this pandemic, it is entirely fair. It does not favor one political party over another.

Voting by mail has many other advantages, too. You don’t have to wait in line, you can vote early, and you don’t have to take time off work. If you see an unfamiliar candidate or issue on the ballot, you can do research in the privacy of your home. If you have disabilities or are not a native speaker of English, you can spend more time with the ballot and fill it out at your convenience.

Make Sure You’re Registered to Vote and that Your Registration is Up to Date

The deadline for registering to vote or changing your voter registration online or by mail is Tuesday, October 6, 2020 @ 5:00 p.m. Sandoval County will offer same day registration at all early voting locations, but I urge you to register in advance.

You can register or update your registration online. If you have either a current or expired New Mexico state I.D. (like a driver’s license) you can register for the first time or make changes to your registration—like name, address, or party affiliation—using the New Mexico Secretary of State’s online system.

Click here to register or update your registration online

Haga clic aquí para registrarse o actualizar su registro

If you would prefer to register by mail, you can find the voter registration application form here:

https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/VRForms/VRFormEnglishFinal.pdf

https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/VRForms/VRFormSpanishFinal.pdf

Please read the instructions carefully to make sure you know what information you need to submit with your application to verify your identity.

Additional information on voter registration can be found at https://www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voting-faqs/voter-registration/.

How to Request and Return an Absentee Ballot

You will be able to request your absentee ballot online, but we do not yet know the date when this option will be available. The website for requesting your absentee ballot is https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/AbsenteeApplication.aspx?type=RA

The Sandoval County Clerk will start mailing absentee ballot applications to everyone beginning September 14.

There will be secure drop boxes throughout the county for absentee ballots:

Until early voting begins, the only location for drop off of completed ballots is at the County Office on 1500 Idalia Rd., Bldg. D, Bernalillo.

During early voting, every poll site (19 expected in total) will have a secure drop box to collect absentee ballots.

On Election Day, many more polling sites will open (38 expected in total) and each one will have a secure drop box to collect ballots.


Voting in Person

You can vote in person during the early voting period beginning on October 6 or at the polls on Election Day. You can find information on voting locations and dates at:

http://www.sandovalcountynm.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/2020_EarlyVoting_PollingLocations.pdf

How to contact the Sandoval County Bureau of Elections for additional information or assistance:

  • You are encouraged to make an appointment with the Bureau of Elections by phone: 505-867-7572 or email: clerk@sandovalcountynm.gov
  • Located at 1500 Idalia Road, Building D, Bernalillo, NM 87004

Let’s Keep in Touch

If you aren’t on the email list for my newsletter, or would like to make a comment or ask a question, please contact me at gary@garytripp.com.

To find out more about me, see my position on issues, or volunteer for or donate to my campaign, visit http://www.garytripp.com.

Watch for another newsletter with final information on voting in this important election as we get closer to October 6, the beginning of early voting.

“Somewhere inside all of us is the power to change the world.” -Roald Dahl