Hospital Mill Levy Passes
Unofficial results posted Tuesday night show 2,336 Socorro County residents are in favor of renewing the hospital mill levy out of a total of 2,574 ballots cast, according to the Socorro County InfoNet website.
The property tax levy supporting the hospital and other health care facilities will be renewed for another eight years.
But the post office returned 2,764 undeliverable ballot envelopes to the clerk’s office, said Salina Lopez, Socorro County Bureau of Elections manager.
Several voters came in angry that they had not received their ballots in the mail, said Audrey Jaramillo, deputy county clerk.
“A lot of voters hadn’t updated their addresses,” she said. “People who get mail at their physical addresses had problems because of the E911 address changes.”
Voters did not realize that they have to notify the county clerk in writing when their address changes, Jaramillo said.
The mail-in election problems had a silver lining for the county clerk’s office.
“This election was a good thing. The voter rolls have been cleaned in plenty of time for the November election,” Jaramillo said.
Voters who did not receive a hospital mill levy ballot in the mail should come in to the county clerk’s office to fill out a voter registration form before Oct. 9 if they want to participate in this fall’s presidential election, Jaramillo said.
“Voters can go online and download a voter registration form from the New Mexico Secretary of State website, but the form has to be signed and delivered to the county clerk’s office,” Jaramillo said. “Voters can’t just call in the changes.”