Expanded Early Voting Has Begun in New Mexico

Daniella Cressman

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As of Saturday, May 21, 2022, early voting has begun: Polling stations have opened across Santa Fe and Bernalillo County.

"In Bernalillo County, for example, 20 sites are set to open. They will be in operation generally from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday." —Dan Mckay

The hope is that the expansion of in-person voting sites will increase voter turnout.

So far, Republicans have voted early more than other parties.

Republicans also took advantage of same-day voter registration in greater numbers than other parties. They account for 51% of the same-day registrations, a process that allows people who are eligible to vote to register and immediately cast a ballot at a polling site. —Dan Mckay

This is likely because they have five candidates to choose from that will be running against Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham this autumn.

"At the top of the ticket, Republicans are choosing among five candidates to run against Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham this fall. A Libertarian will also be on the ballot." —Dan Mckay

Thanks to a new state law, Independents and others in minority parties can vote at the polling stations, but only if they change their political affiliation to Democrat or Republican.

New Mexico’s primary elections are closed, meaning only a registered Democrat can vote in the Democratic primary. But a new state law allows independent or minor party voters to change affiliation when they show up at a polling location and cast a ballot with a major party. —Dan Mckay

Absentee ballots are also available, even if New Mexico residents have had to leave the state due to the fires.

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