CLOVIS (KSMX)- During a press conference yesterday, April 15, New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham spoke on the state’s Supreme Court decision rejecting a petition to scale back in-person voting in response to the coronavirus. Though the petition was rejected, Lujan Grisham stated that social distancing was still extremely important and urges New Mexicans to use absentee ballots, if possible.
County Clerk, Annie Hogland, stated that “compared to other years she doesn’t believe the numbers of updates to existing voter registration or new registrants is any lower” due to the ongoing health pandemic.
However, due to the recent Municipal Elections held in Curry County, the books were closed from February 5 – April 7. On April 7 the department was able to begin processing over 800 new registrations, updates, cancellations, etc.
“So we are working diligently to finish processing those as soon as possible, as well as those that continue to come in via the online portal at www.nmvote.org, MVD, other state agencies, and mailed/ dropped off forms.”
The Curry County Clerk’s office has had a large interest in Absentee Ballot Applications (for voters to vote Absentee By-Mail) for the 2020 Primary.
“As you may have heard, the NM Supreme Court decided against an All Mailed Ballot’ election for the 2020 Primary to be held in June, but voters can still utilize the Absentee By-Mail process, as always”.
Absentee Voting Materials (the actual ballot, instructions, and return materials) will be mailed to voters beginning May 5, for the June 2 Primary. Absentee Ballot Applications are being accepted now through May 29, for this election.