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Early voting ends Saturday, and Chief Deputy County Clerk Mario Jimenez said he wasn’t surprised by the number of people waiting in line to vote.
“It’s possible we could have between 5,000 to 8,000 people vote the next two days,” Jimenez said. “We’ve been averaging somewhere between 1,500 to 2,000 a day so far. But usually the last two days, it becomes very heavy.”
“Presidential elections traditionally have much higher voter turnouts than other elections,” Jimenez said. “It’s safe to say we could have similar numbers this year.”
In part, early voting was established to ease the congestion at the polls. For the most part, that’s apparently worked, because Jimenez said there were 27,506 county voters on Election Day 2008, meaning there clearly were more early voters than those on election day.
“It’s just easier for me to vote early than wait until election day,” said Roberta Pacheco, a Las Cruces homemaker. “With running the kids to and from school and the other errands I might have to do for the rest of the family, it (election day) can become really hectic to find time to go vote. While I guess I’m like a lot of people who think their vote doesn’t really count, I still believe it’s important to go vote. So, that’s why I’ve voted early the past two (presidential) elections. It’s simpler, easier, and just fits better into my schedule.”
In addition to the central early voting site, at the County Government Center, and the six satellite early voting locations in Las Cruces, Hatch, Anthony, Sunland Park and Chaparral, the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office will also be open from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. in New Mexico. Saturday to assist voters.
After the voting convenience centers close Saturday, there won’t be any voting until polls open at 7 a.m. Tuesday. On Election Day, there will be 39 voting convenience centers throughout the county.
Steve Ramirez can be reached at 575-541-5452; follow him on Twitter @SteveRamirez6.
• Early voting for the Nov. 6 presidential and general elections ends Saturday.
• Early voting at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 Motel Boulevard, will be from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Saturday.
Early voting is also available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at:
• Branigan Library, 200 E. Picacho Ave.
• Sonoma Elementary School, 4201 Northrise St.
• Hatch Valley Community Center, 837 NM 187, in Hatch
• Anthony Elementary School, 600 N. Fourth St., in Anthony
• Gadsden Independent School District Administration Building, 4952 McNutt Road, in Sunland Park
• Betty McKnight Multi-Purpose Center, 190 County Line Road, in Chaparral.
• Information: Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office, (575) 647-7428
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