SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) – It’s election day across New Mexico and although most races are smaller than last year (when the election included the race for the governor’s office) some officials are reporting good turnout.
In Santa Fe County, election officials said they saw a record turnout for a local election. County Clerk Katherine E. Clark said more than 32,000 people cast ballots. That’s more than 30% of registered voters, up from 24% two years ago. She credited the high turnout to a recent campaign educating voters on candidates and ballot initiatives.
“Our office has launched #TeamTurnout, a candidate and ballot initiative campaign education program, which along with our ongoing public information and social media campaigns, has contributed to an incredible turnout,” Clerk Clark said in a press release. “We are seeing record numbers, with Santa Fe County leading in voter participation across New Mexico. We are fully committed to maintaining this momentum through to the close of polls.”
In Bernalillo County, 81,000 voters cast ballots which is less than 20% of registered voters. That’s close to the turnout in 2019 the time we had a local election without a mayor race. It’s also about a third of what Bernalillo County saw in the last presidential election year in 2020.