With a majority of New Mexicans again expected to vote via absentee ballot due to the coronavirus pandemic, and with our Postal Service facing serious budget woes, adding secured containers for absentee ballot drop-off is a great example of responsive governance.
The Secretary of State’s Office says county clerks should, at minimum, have drop boxes at every voting location. Though not mandatory, all 33 New Mexico county clerks should provide them. It’s a no-brainer, no-cost option reimbursed by $6 million in federal pandemic relief funds.
Drop boxes will minimize person-to-person contact and hopefully prevent a repeat of the June primary, when an estimated 3,000 absentee ballots were mailed to county clerks too late to be counted on Election Day.
Every vote should be counted, in every election. The more who vote, the more who are invested in the results, the democratic process, their community, their state and their country.