Arch Hurley board allows absentee voting

Thomas Garcia

The Arch Hurley Conservancy District Board of Directors approved a resolution updating election rules, timetables and forms during its regular meeting Tuesday.

“This will make participation and the process of the election voter-friendly,” Arch Hurley Manager Franklin McCasland said.

Governor Suzana Martinez signed HB 358 into law earlier this month, which updated Arch Hurley election rules, said State Rep. Dennis Roch.

“The main portion of this bill now allows early and absentee voting in Arch Hurley elections, ” Roch said. “Another portion addressed antiquated language which had been exacted since 1955.”

Roch said a portion of the language which was removed included a section that stated wives of land owners would be qualified to serve as election judges.

“A lot has changed since 1950,” Roch said. “Women not only can serve as election judges, they are landowners themselves with the right to vote in the election.”

Roch said the early and absentee voting will help to ensure there is an equal say in the election and the decisions are not made by a handful of people.

McCasland said the next election will be held on Oct. 12 for the board of directors positions in precincts 1, 2 and 3.

“This will allow Class A irrigated land owners who own land in the district but do not reside inside the area to vote absentee,” McCasland said. “Those Class A irrigated land owners from the area can vote early if they are not going to be around during the day of the election.”

Other meeting highlights:

• No water was allocated.

• The ISC re-loan interest rates was approved at 4 percent.

• Board members voted to submit a letter to the Bureau of Reclamation for waiver of Arch Hurley’s annual debt payment provided it does not interfere with the application of grants.