Thursday, May 19, 2005

ABQ Mayor's Race Using the Ballot Initiative

I read with interest today's story in the Albuquerque Journal about ABQ City Councilor Sally Mayer's proposal to put an initiative on the fall City ballot to require voter id at City polls.

Along with that, Joe Monahan reported today that Republicans are trying to encourage Brad Winter to run for the Mayor's seat. (link)

Popular opinion is that the Albuquerque Mayor's race is a lock for Mayor Chavez because there is no candidate running from the right. All the candidates are clustered to the left. So, if you are a Repubican voting in the ABQ Mayor's race, the most conservative choice at this moment is Marty Chavez. So, Marty stands to not only capture Republican votes but should bring a certain number of dems to the polls.

Republicans have used ballot initiatives in other states to drive out republican voters to the polls. In other words, when the candidates alone cannot bring out the conservative vote, they put an initiative on the ballot against gay marriage, abortion or something like that and you may entice Republicans to the polls even more. Daily Kos has blogged to the contrary, that ballot initiatives didn't matter in '04 (link) but popular opinion after the election was to the contrary.

So, are Republicans doing work now to sway the Mayor's race in their favor? Mayer's ballot initiative on voter id is one of those clearly partisan issues the Republicans find polls well and makes the democrats look bad. There are few better scare tactics than telling voters that people are voting illegally around the state. Although, there were no reported cases of voter fraud in 2004 -- even with the Republican US Attorney, David Iglesias forming a highly-publicized task force on the issue. Scaring people gets them to the polls.

Republicans understand the populist appeal of ballot initiatives and are frustrated by restrictive New Mexico state laws that make ballot initiatives relatively difficult to get on the ballot. That's why Representative Greg Payne attempted to change our State's ballot initiative rules to make it easier to put initiatives on the ballot during the last legislative session.

2 Comments:

Blogger Seth Heath said...

Still the same left wing freak he has always been.

8:51 AM  
Blogger The Voice said...

"The truth is incontrovertible, malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end; there it is."

Winston Churchill

10:52 PM  

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