Early voting is underway around New Mexico, and will continue through Election Day, Nov. 6.
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. Those who are unsure of where or how to vote can find information from the county clerk.
In Torrance County, Linda Jaramillo is the county clerk. She said her office takes calls to answer voter questions for those who don’t want to navigate the state’s website.
Jaramillo’s office can be reached at 505-544-4368 for information. Her email address firstname.lastname@example.org, and the website is torrancecountynm.org; then follow the link to the county clerk. The mailing address is P.O. Box 767, Estancia, NM 87016, and the office’s fax number is 505-384-4080.
In Torrance County, early voting may be done in person at the county clerk’s office at the Torrance County Administration Building, at 205 South 9thfrom now through Election Day. The office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and is closed on Fridays and the weekend.
From Oct. 20 to Nov. 3, an alternate site for in-person early voting will be at the Moriarty Civic Center, located at 202 South Broadway in Moriarty. That site will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, during that 15-day period just before Election Day.
For traditional absentee voting, for example for those who are out of state for work, or those who can’t easily access transportation or may be homebound, there is a process to follow.
First, an absentee ballot application is requested from the county clerk, who then mails the absentee ballot to the voter. The deadline for that application is Nov. 2 at 5 p.m.—that means the application must be in the county clerk’s office by that time, not a postmark by that time. If the application was not completed correctly, the county clerk will mail a notification with the reason why the application was not accepted within 24 hours. If the ballot is not received, contact your county clerk no later than Nov. 5.
The voter fills in that absentee ballot, seals it according to instructions on the ballot—an important step to make sure the ballot is counted—and mails it back to the county clerk, who must receive that ballot before the polls close on Election Day. That absentee ballot may also be returned to the county clerk or alternate voting site in person, hence the term “absentee in-person” voting.
That absentee ballot may also be returned by email or fax under the Military and Overseas Voter Act, which allows for returning the ballot by fax or email.
Jaramillo said that an absentee ballot may be hand-carried to the clerk’s office or to a polling location on Election Day by someone other than the voter, as long as it is received by poll workers by 7 p.m. that day.
Santa Fe County
The Santa Fe County Clerk is Geraldine Salazar. Her office’s Bureau of Elections can be reached at 505-986-6280; Salazar’s email address is email@example.com the website is santafecountynm.gov, then follow the link to the county clerk. The mailing address is P.O. Box 1985, Santa Fe, NM 87504, and the fax line is 505-995-2767. Overseas voters may contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Early voting is ongoing through Election Day at the county clerk’s office at 102 Grant Avenue in Santa Fe during regular business hours, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will be closed Oct. 8.
The county clerk’s office will also be open for early voting on Saturday, Nov. 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Alternate sites for early voting will be open Oct. 20 through Nov. 3, with hours of 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays. Sites are available around the county, including one in the the former campus of Edgewood Elementary School at 285 Dinkle Road in Edgewood.
Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover’s elections bureau can be reached at 505-243-8683, or 243-VOTE.
The website is bernco.gov, then follow the link to the county clerk. The mailing address is P.O. Box 542, Albuquerque, NM 87103-0542.
Stover’s recently introduced use of a mobile voting unit. “This is a project I had in mind long before I ran for office and I have continually pursued,” Stover said in a press release. “The idea came from the need to fill a void for seniors who may become disenfranchised due to their inability to make it into the polling sites.”
The mobile voting unit will be placed at or near a different senior facility throughout Bernalillo County each day during early voting and is open to all qualified registered Bernalillo County voters.
Early voting is available at locations around Bernalillo County, and voters registered in the county may vote at any location.
The East Mountain location is Tijeras City Hall at 12 Camino Municipal in Tijeras, through Nov. 3, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Another nearby location is at the Four Hills Shopping Center at 13140 Central Ave. SE, Suite 1420, from Oct. 20 to Nov. 3, Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The mobile voting unit will be at Whispering Pines Senior Center at 6 Lark Road, Tijeras on Oct. 31 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. As of Oct. 25, no date for the mobile voting unit was set for the Tijeras Senior Center.
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