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Tomorrow Last Day to Register to Vote In Presidential Election

Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the presidential election in New Mexico.(Gutzemberg/iStockphotos)
Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the presidential election in New Mexico.(Gutzemberg/iStockphotos)
October 10, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. -- Tuesday is the last day for New Mexican citizens to register to vote in the presidential election, and voting advocates are urging every eligible voter to get that form filled out and turned in or postmarked as soon as possible.

You can register online at the New Mexico Secretary of State's website, or you can pick up a paper voter application at the county clerk's office, the Motor Vehicle Division or any public assistance offices. Isaac De Luna, communications director with El Centro de Igualdad y Derechos, an immigrant and workers' rights group in Albuquerque, said his group will be helping people fill out the forms at their offices all day Monday and Tuesday.

"60 percent of the entire population eligible to vote is Hispanic and Latino,” De Luna said. "So this really tells us that the Hispanic and Latino vote really holds great weight here in New Mexico."

Tuesday is also the first day for early voting - either in person or by absentee ballot turned in at your local county clerk's office or mailed in. Voters can ask the clerk for an absentee ballot until November 4th, four days before the election.

De Luna said that starting Wednesday, his group will switch to a massive get-out-the-vote effort to combat the stubbornly low voter turnout among Hispanic Americans. In 2012, 48 percent of Hispanic voters cast ballots, compared with more than 66 percent for white and black voters.

"This election is really about fighting for our families' respect and dignity,” De Luna said. "This entire presidential race, it's been a continuous attack on the immigrant community. And we want to make sure that our fight is to leave a better country for our children."

The New Mexico Secretary of State's website showed that there are almost 1.2 million registered voters in the state; 46 percent are registered Democrats, 31 percent Republican, 3 percent went with a third party and 19 percent decline to state any party affiliation.



Suzanne Potter, Public News Service - NM