Voter turnout in San Juan County surpasses 2014 levels

More than half of registered voters took part this year

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — More San Juan County residents voted during this year’s midterm elections than in the past two midterm elections.

According to numbers from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, 37,583 San Juan County residents voted during the election this year. In 2014, 30,307 county residents voted and, in 2010, 35,956 local voters cast ballots.

However, a larger percentage of registered voters cast ballots in 2010 than this year. Because there were 65,175 registered voters in 2010 and there are currently 72,963 registered voters in the county, a slightly larger percentage voted in 2010.

Approximately 51.5 percent of registered voters cast ballots this year while about 55.2 percent voted in 2010. In 2014, approximately 40.5 percent of the 74,859 registered voters cast ballots.

More Republicans voted in San Juan County this year than Democrats, but both parties celebrated local wins Tuesday night.

In the magistrate judge races, Democrat Trudy Chase and Republican Rena Scott held onto their seats despite tough races against their opponents, Republican Melvin Sam and independent candidate Stanley King, respectively.

Chase received 3,170 votes while Sam had 2,697 votes, according to unofficial results.

Scott received 2,809 votes, according to unofficial results. King had 2,526 votes.

The Navajo Nation election also saw good turnout in the Northern Agency. About 64.1 percent — 11,969 of the 18,679 registered voters — in the Northern Agency cast a ballot this year.