Updated: April 27, 2020 06:46 PM
Created: April 27, 2020 06:18 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The voting experience will be a little different for some people who decide to participate in the New Mexico primary election.
New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver said poll workers and polling sites will be taking measures to protect against COVID-19.
"Poll workers and voters will be expected to wear masks and to make sure hands are cleaned and sanitized or gloves are worn during the process," Toulouse Oliver said. "Every piece of equipment in the facility will constantly be cleaned. The pens that voters are issued to vote will be sanitized before each use and, of course, if you are waiting in line to get into a polling place, we are going to physically limit the number of folks who can be in the building at one time and folks will have to maintain six feet of social distance at all times."
Ever since the state Supreme Court struck down the idea of an all-mail-in election, Toulouse Oliver and the other state leaders expected in-person voting to be tedious.
They've been urging New Mexicans to request an absentee ballot, and it appears the message has resonated.
"As of today, we have received approximately 50,000 online applications for absentee ballots," she said. "That far exceeds any absentee activity that we have had here in New Mexico."
The last day to request an absentee ballot is May 28.
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