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Metro Beat: Early voting tops turnout in mayor’s race

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — It’s looking like the proposal to ban abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy will draw more voters to the polls than the mayor’s race did.

City Clerk Amy Bailey said nearly 37,000 voters have turned out for early voting so far, with one day to go. That’s about 10,000 more than participated in early voting in last month’s regular city election.

Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc., said he expects overall turnout in the election to climb above the 20 percent level from last month, when 71,000 people voted.

It’s not too late to vote early.

A dozen sites are open today from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bailey said people should know beforehand how they intend to vote. The entire ordinance is printed on the ballot, which has confused some voters.

Also, after election workers issue a ballot to you, you can’t change your mind and decide to vote later or take it home.

Don’t forget: A photo ID is required to vote in city elections.

The early polling locations are:

  • Venture Commerce Center, 9674-3 Eagle Ranch NW
  • Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina NW
  • Shops @ 98th and Central, 120 98th NW, A5
  • West Mesa Community Center, 5500 Glenrio NW
  • Office of the City Clerk, 600 Second NW, seventh floor
  • City of Albuquerque Records Center, 604 Menaul NW
  • North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel NE
  • Glenwood Village Shopping Center, 4710 Tramway NE, C-4
  • Montgomery Crossing Shopping Center, 8510 Montgomery NE
  • Daskalos Plaza, 5339 Menaul NE
  • Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE
  • Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE

Supporters of the 20-week abortion ban say their campaign website was hacked and that emails intended for supporters had been directed instead to the rival campaign, which opposes the ordinance.

They said a link on their site allows people to send them email messages. But if clicked, the link actually calls up a blank message addressed to the rival campaign.

“We have reported this criminal behavior to the FBI as a cybercrime,” spokeswoman Tara Shaver said in a written statement.

Opponents of the ban, meanwhile, say they haven’t received any unintended messages and that they changed their email address “to avoid unwanted communications,” spokesman Micah McCoy said.

The campaign, he added, “has zero interest in receiving email from people who are not aligned with our goal of defeating” the measure.

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