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.