10K-plus county residents vote early

November 4, 2012 • Local News

Election Day is just two days away and nearly a third of registered voters in Chaves County have already voted. Out of 33,351 registered voters, 8,363 residents voted early and 1,803 residents voted absentee as of Thursday, according to County Clerk Rhoda Coakley.

“I think people are seeing that this is a very important election, and they just want to express their opinion,” Coakley said of the totals.

Coakley added that alongside a tight race for president, the Land of Enchantment has its share of hotly contested races in this election, including active senatorial and County Commission races. “I think that’s what’s bringing the voters out, and I’m glad to see it. It costs the same if one votes or we all vote, so let’s get out there and do it.”

For those who have yet to vote, polls will be open Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Coakley said she expects Tuesday will be busy but does not think voters will suffer long lines since so many residents have voted ahead of Election Day.

Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-Albuquerque, and Heather Wilson, R-Albuquerque, Login to read more

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