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Santa Fe voters mixed on new system of voting

Brittany Costello
March 06, 2018 10:14 PM

SANTA FE, N.M. – Election Day has arrived in Santa Fe, and the City Different is living up to its name, by conduction the election differently.

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The city is utilizing a new voting process this year. Instead of choosing just one candidate, Santa Fe voters are ranking candidates in their order of preference. There's much mixed reaction to the ranking system on the part of voters.

Some have even elected to abandon the ranking process and are voting for only one candidate.

"I hate to say this, but I think it's kind of goofy," said Santa Fe resident and voter Jane Sanders. "I prefer the old way, I really do. I understand they are trying to eliminate some. I just don't like it."

They are still allowed to submit their ballots without those ranking options being completely filled.

Other voters still say the process is just as easy as before.

"It's very simple. I mean, I don't know why people think it's a difficult thing," said Mary Ann Silvestro, another voter KOB talked to on Tuesday. "You just put your No. 1, No. 2 from there. So it was very easy."

Many voters are unsure about the process it will take to tally up all the votes. One political expert told KOB she believes it will take longer to add them all up and declare a winner.

The polls are open until 7 p.m. in Santa Fe.

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