Live Blog: Election Day 2020 is here, and San Juan County voters are at the polls
Welcome to the Farmington Daily Times Election Day blog. Bookmark us and check back for fresh updates, as counting of San Juan County ballots resumes on Wednesday morning.
Our reporters were on the road Tuesday visiting polling sites.
Polls closed at 7 p.m. We’ll post vote count updates when they become available.
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12 a.m. Nov. 4: According to the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office, Doña Ana, Sandoval and Otero counties still have absentee ballots to count. The counting will resume in the morning. Doña Ana County has the largest number of uncounted ballots.
Estimated uncounted ballots are as follows:
- Doña Ana County: 1200
- Sandoval County: 750
- Otero County: 50
10:40 p.m.: The Associated Press has called the U.S. Senate race for Ben Ray Luján, the current congressman representing northern New Mexico. The race has been close all evening and current counts show Luján leading with 51% of the votes compared to his Republican opponent Mark Ronchetti, who has 47% of the vote. Libertarian candidate Bob Walsh has 2%. “We are so excited to be sending Representative Ben Ray Luján to the United States Senate. Representative Luján is a true son of New Mexico and a lifelong champion for New Mexicans," Democratic Party of New Mexico Chair Marg Elliston said in a statement. "We know that his voice in the Senate will be one that represents our values and reflects the priorities of hardworking people. Congratulations to Representative Ben Ray Luján!”
10 p.m.: San Juan County Clerk Tanya Shelby, a Republican, has won a decisive victory against her Democratic Party challenger Ricardo Damian Artalejo. Unofficial results show Shelby leading with 34,712 votes. Artalejo has received 13,129 votes. Ballots are still being counted. — Hannah Grover
9:45 p.m.: The unofficial results for Shiprock Chapter show Nevina D. Kinlahcheeny winning the race for chapter president. Kinlahcheeny is the current vice president and defeated Matthew White and Nathaniel Ellison. In the race for farm board member, newcomer Beatrice Redfeather beat incumbent Dineh Benally and fellow newcomer Joe Stephen Ben.
The unofficial results included tallies for school board seats, despite the Navajo Nation Supreme Court upholding a lower court decision that determined the school board election cannot occur due to tribal officials violating part of the process to reapportion these seats. — Noel Lyn Smith
• Chapter president
Matthew White 894
Nevina D. Kinlahcheeny 991
Nathaniel Ellison 464
• Chapter vice president
Richard T. Begaye 585
Debra A. Yazzie 1,345
Loretta John 393
• Chapter secretary/treasurer
J. Kaibah Begay 1,917
• Grazing committee member
Lander Morris 891
Donald Benally 348
Sarah A. Denetclaw-Begay 1,090
• Farm board member
Joe Stephen Ben 797
Beatrice Redfeather 1,252
Dineh Benally 259
• Northern Navajo Schools (at-large with Shiprock, Nenahnezad, Upper Fruitland and San Juan chapters)
Mae Y. Sandoval 1,858
• Nataani Nez Schools (vote for two)
Marian J. John 235
Nikki E. Begay 792
Russell Begaye 795
Pete Ken Atcitty 944
Lula Jackson 461
Richard T. Begaye 276
• Navajo Preparatory School (at-large with Northern Agency)
Matthew D. Tso 729
Bernadette Todacheene 1,1417
• Navajo Board of Election Supervisors (at-large with Northern Agency)
Martha Saggboy 1,476
Wilbert Y. Mark 787
9:30 p.m.: New Mexico voters were asked to decide whether the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission should remain a five-member elected body or if it should change to a three-member appointed body. As of 9:30 p.m., 282,629 voters supported the governor appointing the PRC commissioners while 228,027 voters opposed the constitutional amendment. — Hannah Grover
7:25 p.m.: Voters really turned out today in The Land of Enchantment. New Mexico voter participation rose to more than 890,000 on Election Day, blowing past New Mexico’s previous record of 833,000 ballots during 2008's presidential election.
7:15 p.m.: The Associated Press declared that Joe Biden won the presidential contest in New Mexico and captured the state’s five Electoral College votes. Biden’s statewide election victory on Tuesday without a campaign visit to New Mexico extends a string of victories for Democratic presidential candidates in this state.
5:20 p.m.: According to numbers provided by the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office, 8,419 San Juan County residents have cast their ballots in person today. Those ballots were cast between the time that polls opened at 7 a.m. and 5 p.m., two hours before polls are scheduled to close. More than 65% of registered San Juan County voters have cast ballots.
Statewide, 889,957 New Mexicans have voted including 108,896 ballots cast today. In San Juan County, 50,819 voters have cast ballots. — Hannah Grover
4 p.m.: Nearly 64% of registered voters in San Juan County had cast ballots as of 3:30 p.m., according to numbers from the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office. The majority of those ballots were cast either early or absentee, however 7,144 people voted in person from the time polls opened at 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Statewide, 80,417 people cast ballots between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. today and a total of 869,146 New Mexicans have voted. — Hannah Grover
12:34 p.m.: Here’s a handy link to polling place locations. Our online experts say people are typing in plenty of searches today like, “How can I vote?” or “Where can I vote?” They also found this popular rising internet search term being used by New Mexico and Colorado residents: “Can I buy alcohol in New Mexico on Election Day?” — John R. Moses
11:45 a.m.: The New Mexico Secretary of State's Office is reporting that 4,134 San Juan County voters have voted today, as of 11:30 a.m. In total, 46,388 San Juan County voters have cast their ballots. That is the same number of voters who cast ballots during the 2016 election in San Juan County.
Statewide, 53,579 registered voters cast ballots between the time that polls opened on Election Day and 11:30 a.m. and 830,844 New Mexicans have voted in total. — Hannah Grover
10:30 a.m.: San Juan County voters visited 33 polling locations on Nov. 3 to cast their ballots and, for the most part, lines remained short.
Elections workers in Bloomfield said there was an initial rush at 7 a.m. when the polls opened, but that lasted about half an hour before dying down.
Polls opened at 7 a.m. and within the first hour of voting more than 1,000 San Juan County residents had cast ballots, according to numbers from the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office.
The San Juan County Clerk's website included a link to a wait time tracker for the 33 sites and, throughout the morning, most of those sites reported a wait time of less than five minutes.
Going into Election Day, the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office reported that 42,254 San Juan County residents had already voted either through absentee ballots or during the early voting. — Hannah Grover
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