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Voting

School Board Elections: Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Download information about voting times and polling places (PDF, 429KB): 2017_School_Board_Election_posterr2

Basic information about the candidates and issues on the school board election ballot can be found in this January 4 Silver City Daily Press article, and this January 15 Silver City Sun-News article.

Municipal Election: Tuesday, March 7, 2017

More details about the municipal election deadlines, early and absentee voting, and polling places can be found on this page and the menu of Election Links on the Town of Silver City website.

As stated by the county clerk’s office: “You may register to vote any time. In order to be eligible to vote in an election, your voter registration must be received by the Grant County Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m., 28 days prior to any election.”  You can register at the County Clerk’s office in the Grant County Administration Building, 1400 Highway 180 East, Silver City or at the NM Secretary of State’s website. We have voter registration forms here at the library, too. More New Mexico election information can be found here: sos.state.nm.us.

 

View or download a map of the five county commissioner districts here: http://www.grantcountybeat.com/news/news-articles/27610-grant-county-map-five-commissioner-districts

View a sample of the ballot for your districts by looking it up here: https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/SampleBallot.aspx

To find more information about registering to vote, ballots, absentee voting, and polling places, try these sites:

Grant County Clerk: http://www.grantcountynm.com/grant_county_nm_info.php?CID=372

New Mexico Secretary of State: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/

New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division voter registration FAQs: http://www.mvd.newmexico.gov/FAQs/Pages/Register-to-vote-at-the-MVD.aspx

New Mexico Voter View (search for your voter registration record): https://voterview.state.nm.us/

Vote411.org nation-wide tool for voter preparation: http://vote411.org

To learn about the candidates, try these sites:

Ballotpedia New Mexico page (browse their NM info or search for candidates in the box at the top): http://ballotpedia.org/New_Mexico

New Mexico legislature site (view the records of legislators currently in office, and examine bills): http://www.nmlegis.gov/

Grant County Beat’s election coverage

Project Vote Smart: http://votesmart.org/

GovTrack for tracking bills through Congress and viewing representatives’ voting records: https://www.govtrack.us/

To learn about campaign financing, identify donors, and learn about lobbying:

Federal Election Commission campaign finance reports and data: http://www.fec.gov/disclosure.shtml

Lobbying disclosure by the Office of the Clerk of the U.S. House of Representatives: http://lobbyingdisclosure.house.gov/

Search for campaign contributions, lobbyists, politicians, PACs, and more: http://www.opensecrets.org/

National Institute on Money in State Politics: http://followthemoney.org/

Data and maps showing spending on politicians’ campaigns: http://maplight.org/

More tools for government transparency: https://sunlightfoundation.com/tools/

To research government policy issues and regulations:

Released Congressional Research Service Reports (members of Congress use these to help make legislative decisions): http://digital.library.unt.edu/explore/collections/CRSR Other sources for these documents: https://lib.law.washington.edu/content/guides/crs

Learn about federal executive branch regulations and comment on proposed regulations: http://www.regulations.gov

All of these useful links have been saved on the Public Library’s Delicious profile for easy access and sharing.  They are all “tagged” (labeled) “informed_citizen“.


simple_calculator_01Taxes

The 2017 tax filing season began on January 23, and tax returns were due April 18. You can order copies of tax forms to be mailed to you by visiting http://www.irs.gov/uac/Forms-and-Publications-by-U.S.-Mail or calling 1-800-829-3676.

You can download tax forms here: http://www.irs.gov/Forms-&-Pubs.

New Mexico personal income tax forms can be found here: http://www.tax.newmexico.gov/forms-publications.aspx

Please consider filing your taxes online at http://www.irs.gov/Filing for federal and https://tap.state.nm.us/tap/_/ for New Mexico. You can receive your refund more quickly that way. The United Way offers free tax filing at myfreetaxes.com.

The AARP free tax assistance program for low-to-moderate income taxpayers has ended for the 2016 tax year. Tax Help New Mexico, offered in collaboration with Western New Mexico University business students, has also ended for the year.

The Wheels for Wishes nonprofit organization has created a calculator to estimate the size of tax deductions you may be able to claim for charitable donations: http://www.wheelsforwishes.org/tax-savings-donation-calculator/