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Comment by shotsie on November 15, 2013 at 8:31am

The lottery should change from a scholarship program to a Oregon-style loan program, with a ten year payback if the student moves out of state after graduation, and loan forgiveness if the student stays and works in NM after college.  Most of my son's friends got their degrees here, then split for either CO or Texas for better job opportunities - which is fine, but we shouldn't be in the business of educating our youth for other states. 

Comment by Adelita on November 15, 2013 at 8:41am

I also think the lottery scholarships should be based on financial need.  

Comment by Krista on November 15, 2013 at 9:10am

It does seem pretty odd to have a church as a polling location especially in this particular election. But having a polling location at UNM (a state institution)?  We can't making voting that easy (aka accessible, says one councilwoman).

Comment by ramon t on November 15, 2013 at 9:45am

I believe there has always been places of worship used as election sites.

Comment by once banned twice shy on November 15, 2013 at 10:37am

Well, the polling places are not to have any campaign material posted where actual voting is taking place or even within a certain distance, so the churches will have to take all their anti-choice campaign material down for the voting (and yes, the particular churches listed as voting centers are anti-choice).  I do not know if they have always been used as voting centers, though.  

Comment by The Bindi Queen on November 15, 2013 at 10:43am

I think there is a lot to be skeptical about the locations and hours for early and election day voting this fall. Early voting for both the regular election, and the current Runoff & Special election has had no evening or weekend hours, nor any locations in heavily progressive neighborhoods such as UNM/Nob Hill, nor in the SW quadrant at all. This makes it harder for many people to vote early.

The problem with the churches used in both elections is that they are all conservative mega-churches, not the little church in your neighborhood. The City Clerk who runs City elections is appointed by the Mayor. It is hard for me to imagine that she didn't choose sites based on politics.

Comment by Adelita on November 15, 2013 at 10:49am

Not a single early voting site in the North Valley.

Comment by once banned twice shy on November 15, 2013 at 12:08pm

I have it on fairly good authority that the City Clerk does NOT have an agenda regarding this election.  Is it city council who chooses the voting sites (city council was able to block UNM voting site)?  Early voting sites and hours were very restricted in comparison to a general election, though. 

Comment by Dee Cohen on November 15, 2013 at 5:56pm

Shotsie- I love the Oregon style loan system. So sad to see the best minds get educated, then split.

I voted early today at Ceser Chavez Community Center. Against this bill.  A bunch of other people there. I had a sneaking suspicion that I was the only one voting No.


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