By Rebecca Rose
Early voting has started in Socorro and Catron County.
Socorro County voters can vote at the County Clerk’s office at 200 Church Street in Socorro. Starting Oct. 16, voters can also cast their ballots at an alternate site, located at Magdalena Senior Center.
Early voting was strong in the first day, with 43 voters arriving before noon on the first day. “We’ve had about 800-900 total early votes in the past,” County Clerk Rebecca Vega said.
Vega also pointed out that absentee ballots are still available. ”The last day for the clerk to mail out absentee ballots is Oct. 29. The last day to return them is on Election Day, November 7, by 7:00 p.m.” Her office has mailed out 335 absentee ballots so far.
In Catron County voters can vote at the County Clerk’s office, located at 101 Main St., in Reserve from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (They do not have any alternate sites.) According to County Clerk Sharon Armijo “The turnout has been moderate”, said Armijo “We’ve sent out a lot of absentee ballots.”
Early voting in both Socorro and Catron County officially ends on Saturday, Oct. 30, and both offices will offer special extended hours on that day, from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
The general election is November 2.