Updated: October 17, 2020 06:50 PM
Created: October 17, 2020 06:47 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Early voters stood in long lines Saturday while they waited to cast their ballot ahead of Election Day.
“My husband and I got here at 9:30, about 30 minutes before this early voting location was gonna open for the first time,” said Celeste Walther, a voter. “We knew there would be people in line. We were absolutely astounded. The line was all the way down the shopping mall, around the side, out into the street before it even opened.”
Walther said the turnout was unexpected.
"I've lived in Albuquerque and in the foothills for 23 years, and we always vote and we have never seen anything like this,” she said.
Early voters like Walther said they weren’t sure if they’d feel comfortable voting in-person this year because of COVID, but said they felt safe to do so after hearing about the precautions the county and state have taken to keep people safe.
“We felt confident that we could stay safe, so we decided to mask up and bring our own pen and hand sanitizer and come do the thing in person today,” Walther said.
Eager voters across the metro said they wait was well worth it.
“People I know are ready for a change, but I think everybody is ready to make their voice heard. I'm really glad to see so many people voting. I know people who said they've never voted before that are voting in this election and that's the way it should always be,” Walthers added.
To find an early voting location in Bernalillo County, click here.
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