Decision 2018: Early voting begins Saturday
October 19, 2018 06:58 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – As of Thursday, 5,800 Bernalillo County residents have voted early, either through absentee ballots or in person at the county clerk's office.
In Doña Ana County, the number is even higher at 7,300. More early voting locations will open Saturday across New Mexico, as county-wide early voting begins ahead of the Nov. 6 election.
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says the numbers so far from absentee voting are encouraging.
"It's looking fantastic. People are coming out early, they're making their voices heard. That's usually indicative of healthy turnout overall for an election," Toulouse Oliver said.
While some voters prefer to cast their ballot on Election Day, Toulouse Oliver says there are advantages to voting early.
"You might have a car problem on Election Day. It might snow up here in the north on Election Day. It's hard to know what's going to happen," she said. "So I encourage voters to go at a time when you know you're not going to have any problems."
Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, is on the ballot herself, running against a Republican opponent seeking to unseat her, Gavin Clarkson.
But no matter who you vote for, Toulouse Oliver says it's important to cast your ballot.
"I think it's important, because when more voices are heard then we have elected officials that are responsive to more voters of the state," she said. "So we're more likely to have policies that reflect the will of the people and representatives that look like the voters of the state."
Click here to find the early voting location nearest you or visit NMVote.org.
Updated: October 19, 2018 06:58 PM
Created: October 19, 2018 03:21 PM
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