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Early voting sites slated to open

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Chaves County voters starting today will have another chance to cast their ballots early and avoid long lines at the polls on Election Day, when the Roswell Mall starts serving as an early voting site.

From today until Nov. 3, people can either vote in-person or drop off a ballot at the Roswell Mall at 4501 North Main St.,Tuesday thru Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., according to an informational pamphlet provided by the Chaves County Clerk’s office.

Area D in the back of the Chaves County Administrative Building at 1 St. Mary’s Place has functioned as an early voting site since Oct. 9 when Absentee ballots were mailed out.

Dave Kunko, Chaves County Clerk, said Friday early voting services have also been made available to people who have stopped by area D.

The Area D office will continue to be in operation Monday thru Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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A third voting site will open Tuesday at the Hagerman Joy Center, 503 W. Argyle St. in Hagerman. The Hagerman office will only be open Tuesdays and Thursdays, with Thursday Nov. 1 being the last day early voting services will be available at the site, according to the pamphlet.

People cannot register at the sites to vote in the upcoming election, since the deadline to register to vote in this year’s election was Oct. 9.

According to numbers provided by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office as of Oct. 18, 28,841 people have taken advantage of early in-person voting and 12,680 absentee ballots have been returned to clerk’s offices across New Mexico.

In Chaves County 339 voters have returned their absentee ballots and 1,326 have taken advantage of early in-person voting opportunities.

People can still mail their absentee ballots 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, and the outer envelope must be signed by the voter who the ballot was addressed to in order to be counted.

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

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