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SANTA FE – New Mexico county clerks in 10 counties – including Bernalillo, Sandoval, Doña Ana and Santa Fe – have notified the Secretary of State’s Office they intend to start sending absentee ballot applications to all registered voters in their counties next month.
Voting by mail will likely play a key role in the November general election due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and county clerks can decide whether to send absentee ballot applications to voters under a special session bill signed by Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in June.
They are not required to do so, however, and five county clerks – in Rio Arriba, McKinley, Mora, Luna and Hidalgo counties – have told Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s office they do not plan to send out the applications, which have to be submitted by voters for an absentee ballot to be mailed to them.