CORRECTED NUMBERS: CLERK’S OFFICE RECORDING ABSENTEE BALLOTS; EARLY VOTING TOTALS IN

CORRECTED NUMBERS: CLERK’S OFFICE RECORDING ABSENTEE BALLOTS; EARLY VOTING TOTALS IN

The Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections is still receiving and recording absentee ballots. Due to a clerical error yesterday in the Bureau of Elections, Doña Ana County released invalid numbers on the totals of absentee ballots mailed, received and recorded. The actual numbers, updated to account for ballots received and processed so far today, are as follows.

Of 11,985 absentee ballots requested, 8,141 have been processed.

Of those processed, 5,960 were recorded after being received by mail, courier or hand-delivered by the voter.

In addition, 1,984 people took advantage of early voting and signed affidavits or received in-lieu-of-absentee ballots at the early-voting locations. In addition, 197 federal ballots have been received from military and overseas voters. The number of absentee ballots that remain outstanding stands at 3,844.

Additional absentee ballots from those that remain outstanding are expected to arrive in the Election Day mail and courier services. Some voters from outside the United States can take advantage of email and faxed absentee ballots. All ballots must be received by 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 4, to be counted.

Some Doña Ana County residents have contacted the Bureau of Elections complaining that they still have not yet received their absentee ballots. Registered voters who remain in Doña Ana County and have not received an absentee ballot may go to the polling place where they are registered to request a provisional ballot and be allowed to vote.

To be counted, absentee ballots must reach the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 4. Ballots can be mailed in or hand-delivered to the Doña Ana County Government Center by the voter or a member of the voter’s immediate family.

Absentee ballots also can be delivered to polling places on Election Day, but only the voter can deliver an absentee ballot to a polling place.

Lines at the polling places today may be tempered by the fact that about a quarter of registered voters – 32,347, to be exact – opted to vote early. Polls opened this morning at 7 a.m.

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Reporters seeking more information or interviews may call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (575) 525-5801.