About one-third of NM voters have cast ballots

November 6, 2012 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Candidates across New Mexico made last-minute appeals to voters Monday, but more than a third of the state’s electorate already had cast ballots on the eve of Election Day.

According to the secretary of state’s office, nearly 453,000 New Mexicans had taken advantage of early and absentee voting as of Monday.

Democrats accounted for about 219,400 of those voters, or 48 percent, and about 167,500 or 37 percent were Republicans. Nearly 53,000 votes had been cast by independents unaffiliated with a party and more than 12,000 were by voters registered with other parties, such as Libertarians and Greens.

In New Mexico, 47 percent of registered voters are Democrats and 32 percent are Republicans.

With polls set to open at 7 a.m. Tuesday, candidates and political parties focused on making certain their supporters participated in an election that will decide who controls the White House and Congress, as well as the Legislature and county Login to read more

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