Created: October 27, 2020 10:19 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — More than 380,000 New Mexicans have requested an absentee ballot, but counting them could send Election Day into overtime.
In New Mexico, those ballots must be received by or on Nov. 3.
Additionally, under a new state law, workers will have to stop counting them at 11 p.m., which could delay some results.
Senate Bill 4, which was passed during this year’s special session, looks to prevent any kind of miscount by giving workers time to go home.
“We’ll return the next day at 10 a.m. and we’ll just see how it goes,” said Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover.
According to Stover, some results could take a couple of days to process.
It happened in New Mexico in 2018 when Doña Ana County needed an extra day to count ballots before declaring Xochitl Torres Small the winner for New Mexico’s 2nd confessional district.
“So what we know is the law changed and now absent voter board must stop tabulating at 11 p.m. election night,” said Lindsey Bachman, Doña Ana County’s chief deputy clerk.
“So the messaging we're saying to everyone and what we hope voters hear is we will likely not be done tabulating those ballots and the unofficial results won't be available until the following day,” she added.
Bachman and Stover told KOB 4 some results will be posted that night.
Election Day starts Nov. 3, but early voting is already underway.
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