Today is the last day to register to vote
October 09, 2018 02:34 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.— The deadline to register to vote in the November election is Tuesday, Oct. 9.
The Bernalillo County clerk says more people are already registered to vote this year when compared to last year.
"We're about 15-20 percent higher in voter registration, which is a good thing," said Linda Stover, Bernalillo County Clerk. "I think people are starting to take an interest, young people are taking an interest, I think that's a good thing."
As of Monday, Stover said there were 417,269 eligible voters ready to cast their ballot in Bernalillo County.
"These are great numbers, this is very encouraging," Stover said. "We will see what happens when they actually show up, but I think the 'Decline To State' numbers, the sleeper numbers that people will be surprised about."
For the approximately 250,000 who still need to register to vote, Stover said it’s a simple process that takes less than five minutes to complete.
"You need a New Mexico driver’s license, an address and you can register to vote," Stover said. "But it's extremely important, if you do not get registered by tomorrow, do not gripe about it in November."
Not only is New Mexico voting on a new Governor, but there are a number of other important races, such as U.S Senate, the retention of judges, as well as 11 separate bond issues.
Absentee ballots will be sent out starting Tuesday with the last ones going out Friday, Nov. 2.
People can turn in their absentee ballot early at the county annex building, at Lomas and 15th Street. The office opens at 8 a.m.
To double-check if you are registered to vote or to request an absentee application go to nmvote.org, or call 243-VOTE (8683).
The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is now distributing Voter Guides for the state of New Mexico. Information on candidates, issues, voting procedures and places will be published and also available online at LWVNM.org.
CURRENT VOTER REGISTRATION
Democrats 46 percent
193,168 registered voters
Republican 28 percent
117,716 registered voters
Libertarian 1 percent
3,622 registered voters
Other 1 percent
4,099 registered voters
Decline to state 24 percent
98,664 registered voters
Updated: October 09, 2018 02:34 PM
Created: October 08, 2018 03:51 PM
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