County clerks: Early voting numbers lower than 2008

The county clerks for Roosevelt and Curry counties say early voting for Tuesday's general election feels just as busy as it was in the last presidential election 2008, but the numbers don't bear it out.

As of Wednesday, there have been 4,337 early vote ballots in Curry County, compared 4,537 at the same point in 2008.

The 200-vote discrepancy is paired with an even slower call for absentee ballots. The county has so far mailed out 1,142 absentee ballots, County Clerk Coni Jo Lyman said, against 2,539 absentee ballots in 2008.

"There's just not as much hype about this election to me as it was in 2008," Lyman said. "There is a lot, but not nearly what it was in 2008. I'm not shocked by it. It feels like we're voting heavy, but when you look at the numbers it's not as busy."

Same story further south, where Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins. reported 1,975 early voters through Wednesday. There are also 436 absentee ballots mailed out so far.

For the entire 2008 early voting period, there were 2,716 votes and 744 absentee ballots.

"We started out faster, and kind of leveled off," Collins said of this year's early voting period. In 2008, she said, early voting started out slow and kept ramping up.

Early voting ends Saturday.

Voting

Curry County

Courthouse

8 a.m.-5 p.m. today

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

North Plains Mall

10 a.m.-6 p.m. today and Saturday

Roosevelt County

Courthouse

8 a.m.-5 p.m. today

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday

Memorial Building

Noon-8 p.m. today

10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday

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