Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Once More, With Pride.

Byline: Carolyn Appelman Journal Staff Writer

* When County Clerk Sally Padilla finishes counting today's votes, she will be done: After 30 years, no more elections

Sandoval County Clerk Sally Padilla has worked many elections during her 30-year tenure but this one like the others is unique.

"You never know how they will go," Padilla said Monday as she led her staff through the many preparations. "Everything is all taken care of. Ballot boxes are out and machines are in place."

Padilla said there were no problems during the early and absentee voting.

"We had a really, really good turnout with early, absentee and absentee-in-person voting," Padilla said. "Definitely more than last election. Let's hope the weather is good."

The only hitch was Monday when some poll workers called to say they can't work, she said.

"Some poll workers can't make it, so I am having to find 10 to 15 workers," Padilla said. "We have a back-up list."

Padilla has said this will be her last election and that she doesn't plan to run for county clerk again.

When asked how she felt about this being her last election, Padilla said she is really not thinking about it.

"My only goal is to make sure this election runs smoothly and everything has been complied with," she said.

Padilla declined to predict the outcomes of today's election.

"It is bad luck to predict," Padilla said.

There are seven county races on the ballot three commission seats, clerk and treasurer.

A $7.9 million general obligation bond question to build a Justice Center is also on the ballot. The center will include a new sheriff's office and additional courtroom space.

County treasurer

Democrat Dale Prairie and Republican James Truscio are vying for current Treasurer Josephine Montoya's position. …

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