ABSENTEE VOTERS ADVISED OF MAILING DELAY THAT MAY AFFECT VOTING

ABSENTEE VOTERS ADVISED OF MAILING DELAY THAT MAY AFFECT VOTING

The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office has been notified that a number of absentee ballots mailed out on Oct. 21 were held up for several days within the postal system. Many of those ballots are likely to arrive in voters’ mailboxes too late for them to mail them back in and have their votes counted.

Interim Doña Ana County Clerk J. Joe Martinez said voters who may have been impacted by late or non-delivery of requested absentee ballots or who fear that their ballots were mailed back too late to be counted have two options to be sure their votes are cast and counted:

1) Voters who have not yet mailed their absentee ballots back to the county may hand-deliver their completed ballots to the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day to have them counted with the absentee votes that are tallied on Election Night.

2) Any voter who requested an absentee ballot and either received a late ballot or did not receive one at all should go to his/her designated polling place to sign an affidavit of non-receipt, which will allow him/her to vote by emergency ballot at the polling place on Election Day. All emergency ballots will be compared to returned absentee ballots to verify that each voter only votes once.

Ballots received in the Clerk’s Office after 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, cannot be counted under state law.

For more information, call county Public Information Director Jess Williams at (505) 647-7229. Residents calling from outside the Las Cruces area may call toll-free at 1-877-827-7200 and request extension 7229.