Early voting becoming preferred option

By Casey Peacock: PNT Staff Writer

Roosevelt County is following the national trend of more and more voters taking advantage of early voting in elections.

“We see more early voters than we do actual voters,” said Beth Burns of the Roosevelt County clerk’s office.

Early voting for the Nov. 7, election starts today at the Roosevelt County Courthouse and runs through Nov. 4, according to the clerk’s office.
Beginning Oct. 21, early voting will be also be available at the Portales Public Library, county officials said.

“It is just to make it as convenient as possible for the voters to come vote,” Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins,

According to an earlier Associated Press story, 51 percent of New Mexicans voted early in the 2004 elections. This placed New Mexico as one of the leading states with early voters, along with Washington who had 69 percent of early voters, Nevada, 53 percent, Texas, 51 percent, Colorado, 48 percent, Tennessee, 47 percent and Arizona, 41 percent, said the Associated Press.

Voters may also request an application to vote by mail, said Collins.

The application needs to be signed and returned to the county clerk’s office before the ballot will be mailed to them. An application may be picked up by an authorized person for the voter to sign and returned to the county clerk’s office, she Collins. After the application is received, a ballot will be mailed out to the voter, she said.

The last day for a ballot to be mailed will be Nov., 3, said Collins.
Special arrangements can be made for those who are serving in the military or in some other capacity outside the country, according to information provided by the clerk’s office.

Collins also stated that if voters have not received their voter registration card to contact her office before 5 p.m. today.

Today is also last voter can register for the upcoming election and to change their address or party affiliation or their voter’s registration card.