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

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

The Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections is still receiving and recording absentee ballots. Of 7,908 absentee ballots requested, 7,275 have been processed.

Of those processed, 5,291 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.

Additional absentee ballots from the 633 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 can go to any early voting site to complete an affidavit of non-receipt, stating they have not voted their absentee ballot, at which time they will be issued a ballot and be allowed to vote.

Those who have not received their absentee ballot by Election Day 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 Tuesday may be tempered by the fact that about a quarter of registered voters – 32,347, to be exact – opted to vote early. Polls open tomorrow 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.