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Deadline for requesting absentee ballot quickly approaching

Kai Porter
Created: May 18, 2020 06:47 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — With the state primary two weeks away, 10 days remain to request an absentee ballot to avoid going to a polling place.

"We want as few people to go to the polls as possible to keep everybody safe,” said Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver during a Friday press conference.

Toulouse Oliver is urging New Mexicans to request absentee ballots.

"We have really seen a tremendous response to voting absentee for this primary election,” she said.

The Secretary of State’s office said nearly 140,000 absentee ballots have been requested. Absentee voting began on May 5 and about 26,000 ballots have already been returned.

People can still vote in person on Election Day, June 2., but spokesperson Alex Curtas said social distancing measures will be in place.

"Poll workers will be offering masks to people, they'll be cleaning, you know, wiping down surfaces, wiping down the pens that people use,” Curtas said.

Only New Mexicans registered with a major political party can vote in the primary election. Curtas said people can request an absentee ballot by mail and online.

To request a ballot, click here.

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