Area voters cast ballots early

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Close to 25 percent of Roosevelt County’s registered voters have taken advantage of early voting, said Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins.

“We have had days where more then 100 voters have cast their votes,” Collins said. “We have stayed continuously busy during early voting and expect the same for the last two days.”

The totals as of Wednesday are 530 votes short of totals for the entire 2004 early voting season in the county.

The turnout’s even higher in Curry County, where about 30 percent of registered voters have already filled out ballots, according to Director of Elections Connie Jo Lyman.

As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, 3,948 voters had taken advantage of early voting and 1,725 had already returned absentee ballots, she said, accounting for 70 percent of mail-in ballots.

“The mall was rocking yesterday,” she said, explaining 369 voted there Tuesday.

Lyman said the voting offices at North Plains Mall and the clerk’s office have been busy, taking in 200 or more voters a day.

Early voting will end at 6 p.m. Saturday at the mall, she said.

In De Baca county, Deputy Clerk Nicole Moyer said 146 have voted early in person and 217 by mail, accounting for about 25 percent of the county’s 1,467 voters.

Early voting totals in Roosevelt County as of Wednesday:
Total: 2,714

Total registered voters in Roosevelt County: 10,440

2004 early voting totals in Roosevelt County
Total: 3,274