BernCo Clerk: Voter turnout is low
Posted at: 06/05/2012 8:11 AM
| Updated at: 06/05/2012 2:23 PM
By: KOB.com Staff
As expected, voter turnout is low in Bernalillo County.
In a Tuesday morning press conference, county clerk MaggieToulouse Oliver said turnout as of 10 a.m. was at 13%.
If voting continues to hold steady, Bernalillo County could end the day with 19% voter turnout.
That is a lower percentage that in 2008.
Toulouse Oliver said more than 40,000 residents have voted. That includes almost 26,000 early voters and 7,000 absentee ballots filled out and returned.
The clerk’s office sent out 9,000 ballots. If you have an absentee ballot, you can still turn it in to one of the 69 “My Vote Center’ locations throughout the city and county.
New this year, you do not have to vote in your traditional precinct. You can vote at a polling location that may be close to your work or school.
Results are expected to be delayed Tuesday night.
The clerk says allowing residents to vote at any location is the reason.
“In the past when you've had single, basically voters tied to one single precinct the ballots at that location are only able to configure to one type of ballot. These machines are configured to read every type of ballot because we can anticipate voters from any point in the county going to any location so that's why they take a little bit longer to process," said Toulouse Oliver.
The county clerk said results typically come in at around 8 p.m. We can expect results to be posted around 9 to 9:30 p.m.
As far as problems at the polls, Toulouse Oliver said it’s been a typical election day.
They have seen some problems with printers, but they are being replaced.
Most of the issues have been with poll workers and questions they may have about voting isuses and procedures.
Stay with KOB for out continuing coverage of the election.