Updated: April 10, 2020 10:14 PM
Created: April 10, 2020 10:01 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- New Mexico’s primary election is scheduled for June 2. But it's still unclear is how voters will cast their ballots during COVID-19 pandemic.
“Right now, we don’t know if it’s going to be a traditional walk-in election or an all-mail ballot,” said Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover.
Earlier this week, Stover posted a video on YouTube-- telling residents they should expect a primary election.
Meantime, UNM professor Dr. Lonna Atkeson, an expert in election sciences, told KOB 4 that the coronavirus could impact campaigns and the voting process.
“You know — that certainly could be affected both in terms of election administration and getting poll workers who are willing to actually run the polls,” she said.
Atkeson said candidates will have to rely on reaching voters without going door-to-door.
“I asked a couple candidates. They said so far, so good but I don’t think they’re in competitive primaries contests,” she said.
“I think it’s very challenging, most candidates have huge time with voters. That’s not happening,” she added.
The Democratic Party of New Mexico said it launched a website, which is designed to keep Democrats up-to-date about DPNM's work including online town halls hosted by candidates, elected officials, and DPNM officers.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson with the state’s Republican Party told KOB 4 their candidates have been campaigning online and using phones to reach out to voters.
“They’ve been given the option to go door-to-door and have been told to keep a distance, be respectful and to wear gloves and masks if they do this,” the spokesperson added.
DPNM said they are “firmly committed to social distancing, and we are doing everything possible to keep New Mexicans safe and healthy.”
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