Election 2020: Live updates from polling locations, races and ballot measures in Doña Ana County

Lucas Peerman
Las Cruces Sun-News

Welcome to the Las Cruces Sun-News Election Day blog. Here you'll find commentary from our reporters at polling stations around Doña Ana County and links to relevant news and information.

I'm Lucas Peerman, news director for the Sun-News, and I'll be your primary blog host.

Reporters Bethany Freudenthal, Miranda Cyr, Leah Romero, Veronica Martinez, Algernon D'Ammassa, Michael McDevitt and Nathan J. Fish are out and about today and will be visiting polling sites from Hatch to Chaparral to get the scoop on what's motivating residents to cast a ballot and what, if any, problems polling officials are encountering. Damien Willis will be helping to ensure our audiences get the news they need.

Have a tip? Reach out to a reporter on Twitter (their names link to their Twitter bios) or contact us at news@lcsun-news.com.

RESULTS:New Mexico election results 2020: Real-time data on Doña Ana County races

Check out our voters guide for information on polling places, to find out which races and issues are on the ballot and to get links to news stories about those races and issues.

Here's a primer on Doña Ana County voting numbers heading into Election Day. Absentee and early voting was strong, with 58 percent of eligible voters in the county having cast a ballot before Tuesday. 

Polls opened at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. If you're in line by 7 p.m., you can vote.

We should start seeing results about 8 p.m. tonight. Here's our live results page. We may not have final results tonight due to the unprecedented number of absentee ballots, but we may have enough information to provide educated analysis.

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1 a.m. — Done for the night!

The Doña Ana County absent voter board stopped counting at 11 p.m., per state law. It now has approximately 1,200 absentee ballots to count when it resumes at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 4. 

Also, the county's total general election turnout surpassed 82,500 voters with a little more than 40,000 early in-person voters, a little more than 27,500 absentee voters, and almost 15,000 voters who cast ballots on Election Day.

About 64 percent of the county's 129,000 registered voters cast a ballot this year. Read more.

12:55 a.m. — Yvette Herrell the victor

Freshman U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, a Democrat, faced Yvette Herrell for the second time. In 2018, Torres Small won by a few thousand absentee ballots. This time, Herrell declared victory

12:45 a.m. — Where we stand

11:58 p.m. — Ronchetti concedes

In a tweet sent at 11:58 p.m., Republican U.S. Senate Candidate Mark Ronchetti announced that he had called Democrat Ben Ray Luján to congratulate him on tonight's apparent victory.

10:05 p.m. — Update: New Mexico ballot measures

With partial reporting from about 85% of the state’s precincts, here’s how the two proposed constitutional amendments and three bond questions are stacking up:

NM Constitutional Amendment 1, which would reduce the number of Public Regulatory Commissioners from five to three — who would be appointed by the governor, rather than elected:

  • Yes 54%
  • No 46%

NM Constitutional Amendment 2, giving the state Legislature the authority to adjust the term of a state, county or district officer to align or stagger the election of officers throughout the state:

  • Yes 63%
  • No 37%

Bond Question A, for the improvement of senior facilities:

  • Yes 67%
  • No 33%

Bond Question B, for the improvement of libraries:

  • Yes 65%
  • No 35%

Bond Question C, for schools and higher education facilities:

  • Yes 64%
  • No 36%

9:58 p.m. — Election Day in Doña Ana County

By the end of Election Day, voters had cast more than 890,000 ballots, easily surpassing New Mexico's previous record of 833,000 ballots in the 2008 presidential election. Many of those ballots came during early voting or in the form of absentee ballots.

Election Day itself was quiet.

“It’s been very peaceful, very nice,” said the presiding judge at Doña Ana Community Center. Read more.

9:52 p.m. — Teresa Leger Fernandez wins open CD3 seat

Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez has won a seat in Congress to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the Farmington Daily Times reports. The Latina attorney and consultant to indigenous communities defeated Republican engineer Alexis Johnson and will become the first woman to represent the 3rd Congressional District spanning northern New Mexico.

"It was so emotional to actually realize that I am going to be going to Congress," she said during a virtual Democratic Party watch party.

8:39 p.m. — Torres Small addresses virtual Dem watch party

As votes are being tallied in the tightly-contested race for New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District, incumbent Xochitl Torres Small spoke to supporters during the state Democratic Party's virtual event, according to reporter Algernon D'Ammassa.

As of 8:45 p.m., and with 359 / 619 precincts partially reporting, Republican challenger Yvette Herrell leads Torres Small, 63% to 37%. Just more than 95,000 votes have been tallied so far.

8:08 p.m. — CD1: Deb Haaland elected to second term

The Albuquerque Journal is now reporting that Congresswoman Deb Haaland has fended off a challenge from Republican Michelle Garcia Holmes in Tuesday’s general election to win a second term. Brian Sanderoff, the Journal’s pollster, has called the race for Haaland, although results are unofficial.

Haaland represents New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, which includes much of Albuquerque, Sandia Pueblo and the Pueblo of Laguna.

7:50 p.m. — Biden wins New Mexico

Joe Biden won the presidential contest in New Mexico and captured the state's five Electoral College vote, the Associated Press reports.

7:21 p.m. — Made it

Juan Carlos Dorado, 33, is the last voter in line arriving at 6:55 p.m. to a voting site in Chaparral. Dorado said he didn’t plan to vote but his sister, Jessica Dorado, picked him up and took him to go cast a ballot.

“I think it is important to vote,” Jessica Dorado said. “It’s our right so we might as well use it.”

As of 7:20, there were fewer than 10 voters in line.

Juan Carlos Dorado, 33, is the last voter in line arriving at 6:55 p.m. to a voting site in Chaparral. Dorado said he didn’t plan to vote but his sister, Jessica Dorado, picked him up and took him to go cast a ballot.

Here are some more stragglers to the polling sites, all interviewed after 6 but voters nonetheless.

Jacqlin Aragon, 20, an NMSU sophomore, was one of the last three people to vote at Corbett Center. She said she voted for Biden today because she believes he will support her grandfather’s work in the health care field. But she doesn’t actually like either candidate.

Javier Corral, 24, is a recent graduate from NMSU who was in line to vote at Corbett Center. He said he plans to vote for Donald Trump, as he did in 2016, because he aligns more with his politics.

William Bartlett has been living in Chaparral for 30 years and voting in person for every election. Even during the COVID-19 pandemic he thinks it is his duty to vote. “We’re six feet apart, we take our precautions I don’t see the need to vote by mail.”

Diana Vasquez, 22, is in line to vote at Corbett Center. She said this is her second time voting. She is an NMSU student studying civil engineering technology and has been doing homework on campus all day.

Spanish speaking voter Josue Martinez said he came to vote at Chaparral Middle School as soon as he got off from work. It took him around 45 to 50 minutes. Martinez said he voted because he wants to see a change, especially in government aid to small businesses and making the immigration process more flexible.

7 p.m. — Get results here

Polls are officially closed. Track our live Election Day results here.

6:45 p.m. — Polls wrap up

If you're in line by 7 p.m. at a polling site, you get to vote, no matter if it takes another two hours for you to actually cast a ballot.

Unless you're in Chaparral, however, that shouldn't be much of a problem.

Reporters at the Doña Ana County Government Center, New Mexico State University campus and Las Cruces City Hall are reporting minimal to no lines.

In Chaparral, it's been a 45 or 50-minute wait this evening

6:38 p.m. — Election Night pizza

It's tradition for newsroom employees to chow down on pizza on Election Night and 2020 was no different — except of course for employees wearing masks and being socially distant while dining. This year, we ordered pies from King Zah's, a restaurant that opened just this year, during the pandemic. The pizza was delicious.

6:30 p.m. — Curbside voting

Terry Saenz, 61, was determined to take her two elderly parents to vote Tuesday. The family has been living in La Union for more than 60 years and close to the La Union Elementary School, their usual voting site.

But one problem — mom Evangelina Saenz, 85, could hardly walk and stand.

Not a problem, election officials, said. Evangelina was able to participate in curbside voting.

5:40 p.m. — State sets voting record

As of 5 p.m., New Mexico has set a new record for voting totals. Secretary of State's Office data showed 889,957 voters have cast ballots statewide, shattering the previous total record set in 2008, which was 833,365.

However, as the Albuquerque Journal has reported, 2008 may still remain the record year for voter turnout — 70 percent of registered voters — unless 945,000 total New Mexicans have voted by the time polls close.

In Doña Ana County, if reporter Michael McDevitt's math is correct, about 1,900 absentee ballots could still be received by the county clerk's office. More than 27,200 have already come in. Last we checked, about 2,750 voters who requested absentee ballots chose to vote in person instead.

However, if more prospective absentee voters since this afternoon have opted to vote in person instead, much fewer than 1,900 absentee ballots can be expected back.

This year, 31,984 voters in the county requested absentee ballots. On Election Day, more than 12,200 county voters had cast ballots by 5 p.m.

5:11 p.m. — Polling locations in northern Doña Ana County

Reporter Leah Romero spent the day reporting from polling locations in Hatch, Garfield and Rincon to learn what voters were saying.

Sandra Ostos and her daughter, Iliyah, cast a vote in Hatch on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Iliyah, a fourth-grader, says she is very interested in politics and her mother said she helped with the ballot.

Sandra Ostos of Hatch cast her ballot Tuesday morning at the Hatch Valley High School and was assisted by her fourth-grade daughter.

Ostos said the issues stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic motivated her to vote this election, especially how schools and children have been affected. She has a young daughter, Iliyah, who is in the fourth grade.

Iliyah said she is excited about politics and was helping her mother fill out her ballot Tuesday. “She’s like, ‘why can’t I vote. I want to vote,’” Ostos said of her daughter.

A Hatch woman voted in her fourth election Tuesday morning, trying to set a good example for her son who will soon reach voting age.

Renee Stratton, 38, said she is originally from Nevada but has lived in Hatch for three years. In the past, she said she did not pay much attention to politics and elections — she was confused about how government worked, especially in high school. Now, she has a son who will be turning 18 soon, and she wants to set a good example for him.

“I’m really trying to fulfill my civic duty and make my vote count, even if, you know, other people vote oppositely of me,” Stratton said. 

She said she is a teacher in Truth or Consequences and has been busy with her work, so she did not vote early. 

Stratton said she voted for Donald Trump Tuesday, as well as in the 2016 presidential election. She said she felt that the Trump Administration has done a good job in the past four years, based on statistics she has seen. 

“I’m not saying he’s a great person and all that, but he’s doing the job that he is supposed to do in office,” Stratton said.

3:22 p.m. — Curbside voting available

Did you know curbside voting is an option for residents who are disabled? Reporter Veronica Martinez talks to Evangelina and Benjamin Saenz about the process at the voting site in La Union.

2:57 p.m. — Misinformation warning

MISINFORMATION ALERT: New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is warning New Mexicans about robocalls taking place in other states — warning voters to "stay safe, stay home" today.

"Though we have no indication these calls are coming to New Mexico at this point, we want to reiterate that it is safe to vote at any New Mexico polling place," Toulouse Oliver wrote in a Facebook post. "All polling sites are following COVID-safe practices and all will be open until 7 p.m. tonight. If you still have your absentee ballot, drop it off at any polling location in your county."

MORE:Don't be fooled: How to avoid misinformation on Election Day 2020

2:47 p.m. — Torres Small visits Mayfield High

At about 1:30 p.m., U.S. Rep Xochitl Torres Small, the first-term Democrat representing New Mexico's 2nd congressional district encompassing the southern half of New Mexico, stopped at Mayfield High School in Las Cruces, her alma mater.

In a brief scrum with reporters she talked about her rematch with Republican challenger Yvette Herrell, which polls suggest is very close despite more than $30 million being spent on the contest. Sun-News Reporter Algernon D'Ammassa was there to cover it.

2:36 p.m. — Lull at the polls

Election sites around the county are slow right now, but poll workers at the sites expect to pick up around 4 p.m. when residents start getting off work. If you don't want to deal with lines, now's the time to go.

As of 1:45 p.m., 147 voters had cast a ballot at La Union Elementary School in southern Doña Ana County.

As of 2 p.m., 36 ballots had been cast at the Rincon Fire Station in northern Doña Ana County. What does a reporter do when there are no voters to talk to? You ask a poll worker some questions.

2:12 p.m. — Poll volunteers share concerns

Jeff Schwehn, 74, volunteers at the polling location at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum as the Democratic poll watcher.

It takes an enormous number of volunteers to make our democracy work. Our reporter Miranda Cyr spoke with two volunteer poll workers this morning at the New Mexico Farm & Ranch Heritage Museum about what motivates them to give of their time to ensure a fair and safe election process. 

1:42 p.m. — Foot traffic at Garfield Elementary spotty

Garfield Elementary School is the northern and western most polling location in Doña Ana County, serving residents of Garfield, Salem and surrounding areas.

Russ Records, presiding judge at the polling location, said foot traffic has been spotty Tuesday. About 52 ballots had been cast as of about 1 p.m. He said he expects numbers to go up some after 4 p.m., when people get off work.

Jean Apodaca is a resident of Garfield and told reporter Leah Romero that she voted Tuesday because she was not able to vote in the last election, and felt she need to this year.

“I think the one (president) we have now is bad,” Apodaca said. “I think we need a new leader.”

1:30 p.m. — Santa Teresa High wait times drop

The wait to vote in Santa Teresa High School was at times up to 45 minutes on Tuesday morning. But wait times have dropped considerably heading into the afternoon.

Among the voters at the location was Janet Shaw, a 39-year-old phlebotomist working at a hospital in El Paso. She told reporter Veronica Martinez that she wanted to vote days ago but couldn’t with long shifts at work. She was able to vote today after a six-hour shift. “If it was today or never, so I’m glad I came right after work," Shaw said.

1:24 p.m. — Photos!

Gerber Party 2020! See more photos from Election Day at the top of this blog or click here.

Deborah Brooks holds her grandchild, Angelina Falco, after the child's mother, Kimberly Falco, voted at Desert Hills Elementary School in Las Cruces on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

1:07 p.m. — More than 6,000 ballots cast

As of 11:30 a.m. in Doña Ana County, 6,374 voters have cast a ballot on Election Day, meaning total countywide turnout has already exceeded 2016's countywide general election turnout. Read about it in this report from Michael McDevitt.

12:55 p.m. — Lunch for Lucas

Lunch for Lucas was pulled pork al pastor from Freshly, plus a fun-size Snickers bar and a Werther's Original. Election Night pizza is the plan for dinner.

12:50 p.m. — New voter casts first ballot

Jennifer Cortez, 20, voted for the first time in her life Tuesday in Santa Teresa. She was nervous and intimidated by the process, but told reporter Veronica Martine she feels her vote will make a difference.

12:45 p.m. — Voting numbers steady

Rosa Delgado, presiding judge at the Hatch Valley High School polling location, told reporter Leah Romero that voting numbers have been steady Tuesday.

As of about noon, Hatch’s polling location had 97 ballots cast. Delgado expects to see more voters after 3 p.m., once people get off of work and others come in from working in the fields.

12:08 p.m. — New Mexico voter numbers

According to the New Mexico Secretary of State's Office, 53,579 New Mexicans have voted as of 11:30 a.m. on Election Day, including 6,374 in Doña Ana County.

Here are the official statewide numbers:


  • 196,716 voted absentee
  • 182,962 voted early
  • 20,707 have voted today


  • 2,198 voted absentee
  • 3,694 voted early
  • 665 have voted today


  • 69,750 voted absentee
  • 199,377 voted early
  • 21,004 have voted today

Other parties:

  • 2,040 voted absentee
  • 3,090 voted early
  • 527 have voted today

Decline to state:

  • 50,301 voted absentee
  • 67,137 voted early
  • 10,676 have voted today

Here are the Doña Ana County numbers:


  • 16,486 voted absentee
  • 17,432 voted early
  • 2,488 have voted today


  • 208 voted absentee
  • 288 voted early
  • 77 have voted today


  • 5,207 voted absentee
  • 15,378 voted early
  • 2,246 have voted today

Other parties:

  • 147 voted absentee
  • 212 voted early
  • 48 have voted today

Decline to state:

  • 5,024 voted absentee
  • 6,929 voted early
  • 1,515 have voted today

11:52 a.m. — Can you buy alcohol on Election Day in New Mexico?

One of the rising search terms on Google is whether alcohol sales are allowed in New Mexico on Election Day. The answer is YES! 

In New Mexico, liquor sales are only restricted at specific times on Sundays and on Christmas Day. Therefore, today is similar to any other Tuesday.

  • For a Restaurant Liquor License (beer & wine), the hours of operations are from 7:00 am to 11:00 pm or until meal service ceases – whichever is earlier – from Monday through Saturday.
  • For all other license types, it’s from 7:00 am until midnight for package liquor sales and from 7:00 am until 2:00 am for on-premise consumption.

However, if you're planning to stock up for your Election Night watch party, the Sun-News reminds you to celebrate responsibly.

11:45 a.m. — Voters at Picacho Middle School

Reporter Bethany Freudenthal talked to a few voters at Fa School. 

Martha Heimzer and Roy Williams are each voting to honor the legacy of those that fought for voting rights.

Heimzer, from Picacho Hills, said her vote honors the Suffrage movement, which secured women's rights to vote. She's voting to defeat Trump "because I think he's taking the country in the wrong way."

Williams, also from the west side of town, said people died for the right to vote in America and there's no better way to honor them than to cast a ballot. Williams, a Trump supporter in 2016, said he doesn't like what he claims is a trend toward "socialism/Communism." "We've got freedom and I want to keep that freedom," he said.

11:20 a.m. — Pittsenbargar family votes

John Pittsenbargar, 71, and wife Irene Pittsenbargar, 63, voted at Sierra Middle School, along with son Ross Pittsenbargar, 35 and talked to reporter Miranda Cyr. John is conservative.

He supported Trump in 2016 and is doing the same in 2020. Irene's views have changed in the past four years. She said climate change and the environment are a crisis that require "new blood."

Ross doesn't like either candidate. He said he's just waiting to see who will run the "freak show" next.

The Sun-Newsprofiled the Pittsenbargar family earlier this year. John's cousin, William Hart Pitsenbarger, was the subject of the movie, “The Last Full Measure,” which came to theaters in February.

10:25 a.m. — National election updates

What's happening around the nation?

10:20 a.m. — Updates from around the area

Live election blogs around the region:

10 a.m. — Rush dies down

Reporters at Doña Ana County polling sites found lines at some sites from 7 to 9 a.m. Now, it seems the rush has died down. I would expect lines to begin forming again as residents take their lunch break to cast a ballot.

9:15 a.m. — A tale of two schools

The line at Sonoma Elementary wraps around the outside of the building.

Though there was a line earlier, there's no line now at Las Cruces High School.

9 a.m. — Torres Small, Herrell laying low

No matter who wins, New Mexico will send its first all-female U.S. House delegation to Congress. That's pretty cool. Read more about it in this Associated Press piece from Susan Montoya Bryan.

Reporter Algernon D'Ammassa is covering the Xochitl Torres Small-Yvette Herrell race for the Sun-News. It's one of the most talked about US House races in the nation. More than $30 million has been spent on the race.

The race was close in 2018 and is a toss-up this year, according to most prognosticators. The candidates are laying low this Election Day.

Algernon will be working a later shift today, but he's already getting ready to visit polling sites (and possibly to be told to take a hike as some of our other reporters already have).

8:45 a.m. — Voters at Sonoma Elementary

Just got word Miranda Cyr has been asked by an election official to not talk to voters in line at Sonoma Elementary. She's been instructed to stay back 100 feet. She's now talking to voters as they return to their cars. Each site has a presiding judge who can make decisions like this. We'll honor a judge's decision. 

Let's find out what motivated voters at Sonoma Elementary this morning.

Marsha Sanchez, 43, who lives in the Sonoma area, supports the pro-life movement. She said she considered voting for Biden, but is firmly against his stance on abortion.

Marsha Sanchez, 43, waits in line to vote. She believes everyone should do their own research on candidates. Sanchez decided to vote for President Donald Trump after finding out candidate Joe Biden's stance on abortion, which she is firmly against.

Sisters Lizette Salazar, 30 and Christina Salazar, 32, are voting this morning. It's Lizette's first time casting a ballot. The sisters say immigrant rights and the handling of the pandemic are what motivated them today. They believe a change needs to be made.

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Camille Allen, 26, is a nurse and said she's seen firsthand the effects of COVID-19. She believes the federal administration has mishandled the pandemic. "Trump sucks," she said. Spencer Allen, 26, came with his wife Camille to vote, though he's already cast a ballot. The couple said they were already against Trump before the pandemic.

Roset Samuel, 70, is a migrant from India. She said she's never seen riots like the ones this summer in the United States anywhere else in the world, "even in third world countries." She's voting to restore law and order and believes the pandemic has been handled appropriately.

Jonathan Ventura, 32, said he's been a Republican his entire life but is voting for Biden in 2020. He said he'll likely return to voting Republican again but does not agree with Trump's policies and is not a fan of "what's going on in the country right now."

Joel Osborne, 65, who lives on the East Mesa, said Trump did what he promised to do in 2016 and he'll be will voting for him again. Osborne's motivating factors are the economy, jobs, taxes and gun rights. Though he'd like to see mail-in voting abolished, he's happy with high voter turnout.

8:25 a.m. — Long lines at some polls, no lines at others

There are long lines at Oñate High School and the Doña Ana County Government Center this morning. There are NO lines right now at Corbett Center on the New Mexico State University campus.

8:22 a.m. — Forgotten coffee

I poured myself a cup of coffee about 7 a.m., took the cup to my desk and promptly forgot about it. I took my first sip now and it's cold. Cold brew, it is.

8:15 a.m. — Masks, social distancing enforced

Doña Ana County election officials are taking the pandemic seriously. Voters must wear a mask and are advised to social distance while waiting in line. Voters use a disposable popsicle stick to sign in before they get a ballot and a pen.

Election volunteer Irine Roane sanitizes pens at the polling site at Corbett Center on the New Mexico State University campus Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

When returning ballots, voters will hand the pen to an election official, who will sanitize before it goes back in a box to be reused by another voter.

If you go to the polls today, thank a poll worker!

8 a.m. — Polling locations with absentee ballot drop boxes

Joy Eby, left, and Jill Green man the absentee ballot drop box outside of Corbett Center Student Union on the New Mexico State University campus on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Still need to return your absentee ballot?

All 40 voting convenience center have either an outdoor or indoor ballot drop box to make the absentee ballot return process as quick as possible. Here are the 14 voting centers with drop boxes outside: 

  • Anthony City Hall
  • Chaparral Middle School
  • Corbett Center
  • DAC Government Center
  • Desert Hills Elementary School
  • Desert View Elementary School
  • Jornada Elementary School
  • Las Cruces City Hall
  • Lynn Middle School
  • Mayfield High School
  • Oñate High School
  • Santa Teresa Middle School
  • Sierra Middle School
  • Sonoma Elementary School

Learn more about the absentee ballot process.

7:30 a.m. — Oñate High voters talk

Let's go back to Oñate, where reporter Miranda Cyr has talked to more voters.

Lorena Sanchez, 56, who lives near the school, said she as motivated to voter over concerns about the economy. She still has a job, though her children lost theirs during the pandemic and now she's supporting them. She said her opinion on which party will get her support has changed since 2016, but would not elaborate.

Bernie Flores, 71, who also lives near the school, said he's voted in every election since he turned 18. Some of his motivating factors are a belief that "all lives matter" and people need to work instead of relying on handouts. 

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7:30 a.m. — Reporter asked to leave polling location

Reporter Bethany Freudenthal was interviewing residents outside the Doña Ana County Government Center when she was asked to leave. Bethany told me an election official said she was harassing voters. Here's some of Bethany's reporting this morning. Bethany's left to go to another site, but she'll be back to the government center. 

7 a.m. — Voters line up at Oñate High School

Reporter Miranda Cyr is in line with residents at the Oñate High School voting convenience center.

Voters wait in line at the polling location at Oñate High School on Nov. 3, 2020.

Timothy Washburn, 53, who says he's from the suburbs of Las Cruces, was first in line. He says his opinions have changed from 2016 to 2020 — not in terms of who to support, but his view of the political system and election process. His view of political parties is more negative now.

Charlie Kessler, 37, who lives near Oñate, is not a fan of the two-party system. He said he votes for candidates he likes rather than voting for the lesser of two evils, though he would vote for a Democrat or Republican if he liked the candidate. In 2016, he voted third-party and he plans to do the same this year.

David and Mary Kusko, 74 and 73 respectively, live a mile west of Oñate. The couple say they don't trust mail-in voting and say that everyone should have time off of work to vote in person. Their political leanings haven't changed since 2016.