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NM turnout reaches 29%

Ismara Acosta holds her 2-year-old daughter, Isabella, as she waits in line to cast her ballot at the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Annex on Oct. 6, the first day of in-person voting. Early voting in the Nov. 3 general election continues through Oct. 31. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

Ismara Acosta holds her 2-year-old daughter, Isabella, as she waits in line to cast her ballot at the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Annex on Oct. 6, the first day of in-person voting. Early voting in the Nov. 3 general election continues through Oct. 31. (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/Albuquerque Journal)

SANTA FE — Election Day is less than two weeks away, but plenty of New Mexicans have already locked in their votes.

About 382,000 voters had already cast their ballots through Wednesday morning — turnout equal to about 29% of the state’s registered voters.

In 2016, New Mexico had 804,000 votes cast, so this year’s total already represents about 48% of the ballots cast in the last presidential election.

A surge in absentee balloting is a major factor this year, but election officials have also reported strong in-person turnout at early-voting locations.

The recommended deadline for mailing back an absentee vote is Tuesday next week, though voters can also return their ballot by hand through 7 p.m. election night.

Early voting locations will be open through Oct. 31.


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