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Absentee ballots go out Tuesday for midterm election

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With 32 days remaining until November’s midterm elections, voters will soon begin receiving absentee ballots next week.

People have until Tuesday to register to vote in the Nov. 6 midterm elections. Under New Mexico laws, the deadline to register to vote is 28 days before an election, Dave Kunko, Chaves County Clerk said.

This November races for governor, a U.S. Senate seat and all three of New Mexico’s seats in the U.S. House of Representatives will be on the ballot in the coming midterm election, along with state legislative, county and judicial races.

Tuesday also marks the day ballots will be mailed out for those requesting absentee voting.

About 600 Chaves County voters have signed up since the June 5 primaries to have an absentee ballot mailed to them, an amount that Kunko said is a lot.

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“To have 600 on hand before you even mail them, yeah that is a lot,” he said.

People can request an application for an absentee ballot by calling the clerk’s office at 575-624-6614 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The ballot can then be postmarked and mailed to: Chaves County Building, 1 St. Mary’s Place, Area D, Roswell, NM 88203, or drop them off in person at area D in the back area of the building.

All absentee ballots must be completed and placed within the two envelopes sent with the ballot. The person must also sign the outer envelope. He said many people often forget to sign the envelope, something that they are required to do in order for their ballot to be counted.

Ballots that have not been returned to the clerk’s office by Nov. 2 should be returned in person and not mailed so they can be received on time and counted on Election Day.

Voters will also have the chance to cast their ballots in person before Election Day, Kunko said.

From Oct. 20 to Nov. 3, people will be able to vote at the Chaves County Building in Area D Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Two other alternate locations will also be set up for voters: the Roswell Mall, Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Oct. 23, 25, 30 and Nov. 1 at the Hagerman JOY Center Tuesdays and Thursdays.

People can also drop off their completed ballots at these three early voting sites, Kunko said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.