Under Santa Fe Skies

by Susan Tungate

Please Vote

Santa Fe County Building

Early voting for Santa Fe County began October 9 and ends Saturday, November 2. It is my tradition to vote early, and I kept with tradition. If entering the Santa Fe County Building built in 1939 as part of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Federal Emergency Administration of Public Works doesn’t give you the historical perspective you need to vote, I don’t know what will.

After climbing the stairs, I was greeted by three enthusiastic volunteers who assisted me through the process. They said about 12,000 people have already voted at that one location, a little over 10% of those registered to vote in the county.

I waited in what once was a grand old courtroom which looks the way a courtroom should look, now enlivened with a large fresco created by artist Frederico Vigil in 1998. The ladies told me the artist comes to vote here. How cool would that be for him.

Santa Fe has the reputation for being an opulent place, but in fact New Mexico is one of the, if not the, poorest states. There was not a suit and tie or a pair of Louboutin shoes in the crowd at lunch time. I did see a young women with a pierced nose dressed in black, an old women leaning on a friend and a cane, a woman with her two small kids, a young man in shorts and boots, an old guy in sweat pants, lots of baggy jeans and comfortable sweaters, and one famous movie star in jeans and high boots, just to give you a sampling.

Everyone was respectful and patient as they waited for their names to be called. Everyone I saw said thank you to the volunteers as they exited the room. People said they saw voting as a duty, an honor, an obligation in light of those who have fought for us to have this right. People said they were motivated to vote for fear the guy they hate would win.

As I see it, we all vote by either omission or commission. You either stay at home and give others the power to decide for you or you take the time, stand in line and ¬†fill in those little eggs next to the candidate’s name yourself. Please vote by commission.




  1. Betsy says:

    Having done all my early voting in El Dorado, I’ve never been in that courtroom downtown. How lovely and inspiring it is! Thanks for sharing these pics, Susan.

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