Polls will be open six days a week through Nov. 3


FARMINGTON — The big push for early voting begins Saturday as alternative voting locations open.

That means registered voters can cast a ballot at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park, the Bloomfield Multi-Cultural Center, the Shiprock Fire Station and the Newcomb Fire Station, in addition to the county clerk’s office starting Saturday.

The polls will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays at those locations and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

The county clerk’s office will be open for voting from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays.

Early voting ends Nov. 3. It began at the county clerk’s office on Oct. 9.

During the first nine days of early and absentee voting, 2,152 San Juan County residents — approximately 3 percent of registered San Juan County voters — cast a ballot, according to numbers provided by the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office.

Statewide, 41,521 voters have cast ballots, which is approximately 3.3 percent of registered voters in the state.

Republican voters outpace Democrats in San Juan County early, absentee voting

During the first nine days of early voting, nearly three times more Republicans cast ballots than Democrats in San Juan County. A total of 1,431 Republicans voted while 517 Democrats voted between Oct. 9 and Oct. 18.

While there are more Republicans registered to vote than Democrats in San Juan County, the Republicans also lead in percentage of voters who have already cast ballots.

  • Republican: 4.4 percent
  • Democrat: 2.4 percent
  • Libertarian: 1.5 percent
  • Decline to state: 1.1 percent
  • Other: 0.8 percent

            —  Source: New Mexico Secretary of State's Office

San Juan County is seeing higher voter turnout than nearby counties

Numbers provided by the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office show more San Juan County voters casting early and absentee ballots than neighboring counties.

While Sandoval County has more registered voters than San Juan County, only 822 people have cast a ballot there. That is less than 1 percent of the more than 95,200 registered Sandoval County voters.

Rio Arriba County has also seen less than 1 percent of its more than 25,800 registered voters cast a ballot during the first nine days. Rio Arriba County saw 156 ballots cast from Oct. 9 through Oct. 18.

McKinley County has seen slightly higher voter turnout than Sandoval and Rio Arriba counties. About 1.5 percent of its nearly 25,900 registered voters have cast a ballot. A total of 643 ballots have been cast in McKinley County.

All three neighboring counties have seen more Democrats voting than Republicans, according to data from the secretary of state’s office.

Counties with highest percentage of early, absentee voters

  • Sierra County: 13.4 percent
  • Grant County: 10.4 percent
  • Taos County: 9.5 percent
  • Los Alamos County: 9.4 percent
  • Union County: 9.2 percent

                —  Source: New Mexico Secretary of State's Office

Counties with the highest number of early, absentee voters

  • Dona Ana County: 7,351 votes cast, or about 6.4 percent of registered voters
  • Bernalillo County: 5,859 votes cast, or about 1.4 percent of registered voters
  • Santa Fe County: 3,962 votes cast, or about 4 percent of registered voters
  • Otero County: 2,415 votes cast, or about 7.4 percent of registered voters
  • Taos County: 2,327 votes cast, or about 9.5 percent of registered voters

                —  Source: New Mexico Secretary of State's Office


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