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The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office Announces that Vote Tabulations will Continue for the 2020 Primary Election

The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office Announces that Vote Tabulations will Continue for the 2020 Primary Election

Media Contact: Irene E. Parra
(575) 525-6164
irenep@donaanacounty.org

Doña Ana County Chief Deputy Clerk Lindsey Bachman announced that vote tabulations will continue on Wednesday, June 3, for the 2020 Primary Election beginning at 9:00 a.m. at 2480 Lakeside Dr in Las Cruces. As a result of the COVID-19 global pandemic, voters were encouraged to vote safely from home, by absentee ballot. New Mexico has a no-fault absentee process, meaning that any eligible voter can request an absentee ballot. A record high number of absentee ballots were requested and mailed out to eligible voters.

A change in state statute that occurred in 2019 allowed for the absentee voter precinct board to do a lot of preparation in advance of Election Day related to the processing of absentee ballots, and the board had processed everything in its possession as of Monday night. However, a large influx of absentee ballots returned late on Election Day delayed the reporting of all results on Tuesday night.
Unofficial results from Election Day and Early Voting sites had been reported by Tuesday night.
The majority of the absentee ballots had also been tabulated, and those partial results were uploaded and reported to the Secretary of State’s Office by the early hours of Wednesday morning. The absent voter precinct board will resume the accounting of the less than 3,000 remaining absentee ballots tomorrow.

“In such unprecedented times, we are glad so many of Doña Ana County’s eligible voters exercised their right to vote,” Bachman said. “Above all, election officials and our staff work tirelessly to see that every single vote is accurately accounted for, and the extra time gives us the opportunity to get needed rest, come back tomorrow and finish their work with renewed energy and clarity.”
More than 18,000 county voters were mailed absentee ballots for this election. By the end of Monday, the Clerk’s Office had received and entered 9,518 absentee ballots. By the end of Election Day, than number had climbed to more than 13,000.
Unofficial results will be available at the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website: www.sos.state.nm.us. The results remain unofficial until after the conclusion of the state canvass.

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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.
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