Election Day voters in New Mexico narrowly edge out the 49% that voted early and absentee

By: - November 9, 2023 12:01 am

People cast their ballots on Tuesday Nov. 7 at City Hall in Las Cruces for local school board and municipal elections. (Danielle Prokop / Source NM)

Ballots cast in-person on Election Day were neck-and-neck with early and absentee ballots in New Mexico’s 2023 local elections.

By the time polls closed Tuesday evening, 51% of New Mexicans came in person on Election Day to cast their ballots and another 49% did it during early voting or via absentee ballots.

The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office provided data for this article. All vote totals remain unofficial until certified in the next few weeks by the Secretary of State.

Out of the 250,657 people who voted in this election, 122,106 New Mexicans voted early or with absentee ballots.

During early voting, 28,958 absentee ballots were cast. Another 4,661 absentee ballots came in by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, adding up to a total of 33,619 absentee ballots cast in the election, according to the Secretary of State.

Another 88,487 went to a poll to vote early.

That’s compared to the 128,551 people who voted in person during Election Day on Tuesday.

Why they’re voting

Whether it’s influencing their grandkids’ education, ensuring farmland stays in areas with a rich agricultural history or just making sure they have a say in what’s going on around them, voters across the state told Source NM why voting is important in every election.

“It’s a privilege,” Rio Rancho voter Tom Miller said after casting his ballot on Tuesday.

Santa Fe resident Dan Gerber echoed the sentiment, after he cast his ballot at a northern New Mexico elementary school.

“I like the whole idea of voting a lot, and I feel it’s respectful to show up, make my presence known, and go through the process,” he said. “It’s a privilege to vote.”

In southern New Mexico, Eric Ahner left work a little early to make it to the polls just before 4 p.m. to make sure to get his vote in too.

“Local elections are particularly important,” he said. “It’s where we can make the most change.”

Reporters Austin Fisher and Danielle Prokop contributed to this reporting

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Megan Gleason
Megan Gleason

Megan Gleason is a journalist based in Albuquerque. She recently graduated from the University of New Mexico, where she served as the editor-in-chief of the Daily Lobo. Other work has appeared under the New Mexico Press Association as well as in the Independent, Gallup Sun and Silver City Daily Press.