With four-and-a-half days of early voting remaining in this year’s primary election cycle, early voter turnout already surpasses that of 2012
As of 11:53 a.m. Tuesday, in-person voting totaled 1,440. An additional 81 absentee ballots have been turned in, with 107 outstanding.
In 2012, early voting and absentee ballots totaled 1,260. Election Day turnout was 1,913. The off-year election in 2014 totaled 1,092 early voters.
Voter registration is also up slightly for this time of year, compared to 2012, but down from that in 2014. The total number of registered voters as of Tuesday was 13,476. It was at 13,218 in 2012 and at 13,768 in 2014.
Only 10,006 of those registered voters are eligible to vote in the primary. Since New Mexico has a closed primary system and only Democratic and Republican parties have contested races, the 2,905 voters who declined to state party affiliation and the 565 who registered for other parties cannot participate.
Another interesting aspect of this year’s registration number is that the balance of Democratic to Republican voters has shifted. For the first time since 1987, the number of registered Democrats exceeds Republicans.