Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

If Education Is A Priority, Vote.(Opinion)


Tuesday is an important day. It's school board election day, and voters will pick the people to oversee public education in communities all over New Mexico.

Traditionally, turnout for these elections is low sometimes pathetically so. Statewide, the turnout for school elections averages 15 percent of registered voters. Contrast that with the fact that nearly 50 percent of New Mexico's registered voters turned out to vote in last year's presidential race.

In the last three school elections held in Santa Fe, voter turnout has been even lower than the state average 14 percent in 1995 and 1999, and a dismal 5 percent in 1997, for an average of 11 percent. …

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