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The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office Announces Changes to Voting Early and in Person for the 2020 Primary Election in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office Announces Changes to Voting Early and in Person for the 2020 Primary Election in Light of the COVID-19 Pandemic

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Media Contact: Irene E. Parra
(575)525-6164
irenep@donaanacounty.org
April 30, 2020

LAS CRUCES, NM – In response to the ongoing global pandemic, the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office is establishing precautionary procedures for voters who will be voting early and in person during the 2020 Primary Election. Early in-person voting begins on May 5 th at the Doña Ana County Government Center. It continues Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and on Saturday, May 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

In an effort to maintain social distancing standards at voter convenience centers, only a limited number of voters will be permitted in the voting room at any given time. Voters are asked to remain at least six feet apart while waiting to vote and are encouraged to wear masks while voting in person.

Early voting will also be available May 16th through May 30th, Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., at the following alternate locations:

1. Anthony City Hall - 820 Highway 478 Anthony NM 88021
2. Delores C Wright Educational Center - 400 E Lisa Dr, Chaparral, NM 88081
3. Hatch High School - 170 E Herrera Rd, Hatch, NM 87937
4. Doña Ana Community College: Sunland Park - 3365 McNutt Rd., Sunland Park, NM 88063
5. Sonoma Elementary School - 4201 Northrise St., Las Cruces, NM 88011
6. Las Cruces City Hall - 700 N Main St, Las Cruces, NM 88001
7. NMSU Corbett Center - 1600 International Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88003

The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office continues to encourage voters to vote via absentee ballot in the 2020 Primary, as election administrators believe it is the safest way to vote for the voter, election officials, and the community during the public health emergency.

“In New Mexico, we have a no-fault absentee ballot process, meaning that any eligible voter can securely request and vote via an absentee ballot. We will encourage voters to utilize that process should they have concerns about in-person voting during this year’s elections,” said Clerk Amanda López Askin.

Beginning May 5th, absentee ballots will be mailed to voters who have requested them and whose applications have been approved. Absentee applications are available online at NMVote.org, and the deadline to submit an application is May 28th .

Voters who wish to vote via absentee ballot can return their absentee ballots via postal mail, at any polling location, or at the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office. Pursuant to the New Mexico Election Code, caregivers and immediate family members may also return an absentee ballot on behalf of a voter, but only at the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office.

The deadline to return absentee ballots is June 2, 2020 at 7:00 pm. For more information about the 2020 Primary Election visit: www.dacelections.com.

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Note: Doña Ana County will ensure effective communication with individuals with disabilities and will, upon request, provide auxiliary communication aids and services to afford those individuals equal opportunity for participation in Doña Ana County sponsored meetings, events, or activities. Any request should be made to the Americans with Disabilities Act Coordinator, in writing, or by phone, at least two business days prior to the event at which accommodation is needed. If you have any questions regarding examples of reasonable accommodations, please contact the ADA Coordinator, at 525-5884 (voice) or 525-2951 (TTY), 845 N. Motel Blvd. Las Cruces, NM 88007.

Spanish language interpretation services are now available upon request for participation in Doña Ana County sponsored meetings, events, or activities. Please contact the Community & Constituent Services Office at 525-6163, at least 48 hours prior to the event. Servicios de interpretación en las juntas será disponible por petición. Por favor en contacto la Oficina de Servicio a la Comunidad y Constituyentes 525-6163 por lo menos dos días hábiles por adelantado para pedir este servicio.

 

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