Taos County ballot error may cause special election for NNM College

By Jesse Moya
jmoya@taosnews.com
Posted 11/26/19

Taos County voters may still have a chance to vote on a ballot measure that was left off the Nov. 5 election.

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Taos County ballot error may cause special election for NNM College

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Taos County voters may still have a chance to vote on a ballot measure that was left off the Nov. 5 election.

Taos County Clerk Anna Martínez said the measure for Northern New Mexico College's $2.4 million property tax proposal was left off the ballot in error.

The measure was approved by voters in Río Arriba and Santa Fe counties allowing the property tax to continue, however 54 ballots cast in Taos County were supposed to have the question and did not.

"The vote total for the November 5 election from those two precincts was 54 which would not have changed the results of the election," Martínez said in an email.

Only two precincts, one in Ojo Caliente and one in Tres Piedras, would have been eligible in Taos County to vote for the question, had it appeared on the ballots.

"I think this is a very important issue," said Northern New Mexico College President Rick Bailey. "Even though those votes would not have have swayed the outcome, it's still important to know that those voters had a voice."

The question now remains whether or not the vote will have to be put out for a special election. According to Martínez, the clerk's office is currently working with the office of the Secretary of State on this process.

As of press time, Martínez had not received any complaints from the voters in the election.

The $2.4 million helps pay for and maintain associate degree programs at Northern New Mexico College for various trades including plumbing and electrical. In addition, the funds will help to revitalize the college's El Rito campus. Bailey also said the funds will help provide a transportation network for the college's partner high schools in the region.

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