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Clerk: Only Routine Glitches So Far

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver said it's been a routine Election Day so far, but there have been some minor glitches:

– Some poll officials didn't show up this morning, but the county had back-up workers ready to step in.

– There were reports of poll workers asking voters for photo identification, but Toulouse Oliver said her staff advised the workers they can't ask for that. No one was turned away, she said.

– A handful of voting machines failed but were replaced.  "Nothing has slowed down the voting process," Toulouse Oliver said.

– The voter-registration database maintained by the New Mexico secretary of state went down for about an hour but is back up. 

 Toulouse Oliver said there are some signs that turnout could be high. About 12 percent of the eligible voters cast absentee ballots or went to early-voting locations. And another 15 percent usually show up on election day. That would give the county a 27 percent turnout, well above the 18 percent that's typical for primary elections, she said.

Toulouse Oliver hopes to report the results of absentee and early votes a little after polls close tonight at 7.  Election Day precincts will be posted as they're available throughout the evening.

The wildcard will be the number of provisional ballots that must be verified and counted. They're given to voters who show up at the wrong polling place or otherwise have questions about their eligibility to vote.

Toulouse Oliver said it's unclear how many of those there will be. 

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