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Rio Rancho gets more polling places for 2014

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Posted: Sunday, October 27, 2013 12:00 am

There will be 16 voting convenience centers in Rio Rancho, two in Corrales and one in Bernalillo in 2014 elections, according to a plan the Sandoval County Commission adopted Thursday.

Commissioners addressed the polling place plan for the primary and general elections next year, plus two other business matters, at their special meeting in the county administration building.

For the 2012 general election, the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office condensed 48 Rio Rancho precincts into five convenience centers, where people from multiple precincts could cast ballots. The resulting long lines caused hours-long waits and left many voters feeling disenfranchised.

In addition to the 19 convenience centers , the rest of the county will use traditional precinct-based voting places, county spokesman Sidney Hill said.

The plan passed on a unanimous vote with Commissioner Orlando Lucero absent, Hill said.

He said commissioners also approved a new, second precinct for Jemez Pueblo to make voting more convenient.

In another matter, commissioners passed a request for a $7 million loan from the New Mexico Finance Authority to buy right of way from PNM to expand the capacity of the county landfill.

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