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Early Voter Turnout Up In Albuquerque

Oct 3, 2017

It is Election Day in Albuquerque, and if the early voter numbers are any indication, the city will see a larger turnout than in previous years.

A quarter of registered voters cast their ballots early this mayoral election, and that's a little more than last election, according to Viki Harrison, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico.

“To see that kind of surge between absentee and early numbers around, I think 25 percent, looks really good for today and what we hope will be more people voting,” Harrison said.

She said the overall voter turnout is still typically low among adults in the city when you take into account people who aren't registered. But the increase, she said, is a testament to the growing popularity of early voting.

The City Clerk’s Office said 40,890 people voted early.

Polls close at 7 p.m.