BernCo, Albuquerque officials give update on election preparations

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Bernalillo County and City of Albuquerque leaders talked Friday about what they are doing to make sure voting is safe and secure.

Early voting starts Saturday, Oct. 17. During a meeting Friday morning, Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover said people should drop off their absentee ballots as soon as possible.

Stover says at the 18 early polling locations, socially distancing measures are in place to help keep everyone safe. She also says if there is a line at the polling location and you need to drop off your ballot, let a poll worker know and they expedite you to the front of the line.

As for election security, officials say the DA’s office recently provided training on relevant election laws. There will also be agents stationed throughout the county monitoring all election activities. Bernalillo County has already accepted 45,000 absentee ballots after issuing 151,000.

Later that day, Mayor Tim Keller, along with other city and state officials, addressed the need to keep polling locations free from voter intimidation and suppression. They also reminded those who may be organizing protests in the coming weeks should contact the Office of Equity and Inclusion for assistance in setting up traffic control for their demonstration.

The City of Albuquerque’s protest line is (505) 269-5927. People who want to report suspected voter intimidation or suppression can call 866-OUR-VOTE.

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