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Absentee voter applications go out this week

RIO RANCHO, N.M. — To help voters during the pandemic, here is a guide on ways to cast a ballot.

To start, the best way to find answers to questions about voting is through the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website, sos.state.nm.us, visiting the “Voting and Election” tab. Another source for voter information is on the Sandoval County website, sandovalcountynm.gov; scroll down to quick links, then select the “2020 Election Information” tab.

Register to vote

The deadline to register to vote is 5 p.m. Oct. 6. To register online, visit portal.sos.state.nm.us.

To register by mail, fill out the voter registration form, available on the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website under the “Voting and Elections” tab. No postage is necessary, and the address is included on the form.

Sandoval County offers same-day registration at all early voting locations. (See below for locations.)

To register, bring:

• A current New Mexico driver’s license or New Mexico identification card;

• Any document that contains an address in the county and a photo identification card; or

• A current valid student photo identification card and a current student fee statement that contains the student’s address in the county.

Request an absentee ballot

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 20 at 5 p.m. The deadline to return an absentee ballot by mail is Oct. 27.

People can request an absentee ballot online by visiting the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website under the “Voting and Elections” tab and scrolling down to “Request an absentee ballot online.”

Monday, the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office will send an absentee ballot request form to all registered Sandoval County voters.

Where to mail the ballot back is listed on it.

Submitting absentee ballots

People can mail in absentee ballots or place them in drop-boxes at early voting and Election Day sites.

Voting in person

Early voting locations in the Rio Rancho area include:

Beginning Oct. 6: Sandoval County Administration Building D at 1500 Idalia Road, Bernalillo, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Oct. 17- Oct. 31: 10-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday at:

Bernalillo

• Voting Machine Warehouse, 800 South Hill Road.

Corrales

• Corrales Community Center, 4326 Corrales Road.

Placitas

• Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo De San Antonio.

Rio Rancho

• Our Lady Queen of Angels church, 1701 Tulip Road;

• Community of Joy Lutheran Church, 841 Saratoga Drive;

• Plaza @ Enchanted Hills, 3575 NM 528;

• Soul Rio Church, 2003 Southern Blvd.; and

• Italian American Club, 1565 Stephanie Road.

Election Day voting

Bernalillo

• Sandoval County Administration Building D, 1500 Idalia Road;

• Bernalillo High School Gym, 148 Spartan Alley;

• Bernalillo Middle School, 485 Camino Don Tomas; and

• Voting Machine Warehouse, 800 South Hill Road.

Corrales

• Corrales Recreation Center, 500 Jones Road; and

• Sandia View Christian School, 24 Academy Lane.

Placitas

• Placitas Community Library, 453 NM 165; and

• Las Placitas Presbyterian Church, 7 Paseo de San Antonio.

Rio Rancho

• Community Of Joy Lutheran Church, 841 Saratoga Drive;

• Charity Baptist Church, 5501 Obregon Road;

• Our Lady Queen of Angels church, 1701 Tulip Road;

• Soul Rio Church, 2003 Southern Blvd.;

• Plaza at Enchanted Hills, 3575 NM 528;

• Southern Sandoval County Arroyo Flood Control Authority, 1041 Commercial Drive;

• Rio Rancho Middle School, 1600 Loma Colorado Blvd.;

• Colinas Del Norte Elementary School, 1001 Night Sky Ave.;

• Italian American Club, 1565 Stephanie Road; and

• Highlands University branch campus, 1700 Grande Blvd.

More information

Sandoval County Clerk Eileen Garbagni said voters can call the county’s Bureau of Elections at 867-7577 with any questions.

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