Bernalillo County voter turnout approaching 2017 numbers

Local Elections

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Driven by a fierce mayoral race and the stadium issue, voter turnout in Albuquerque is shaping up to approach the numbers from four years ago. But with most of the votes being cast before Election Day, polls were fairly quiet around the city on Tuesday.

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Many voters said it was the heated Albuquerque mayor’s race and $50 million bond for a new soccer stadium that pushed them to vote. “What’s important is that I have a voice and how I’m governed,” Johnathan Sanchez of Albuquerque stated.

Some sites had a decent showing Tuesday. Election day turnout picked up around noon at the Clerk’s Annex near downtown, with a line wrapped around the building. It was the same story at two other typically busy sites: at Holly Plaza in the Northeast Heights and Petroglyph Plaza on the west side.

County Clerk Linda Stover said so far there have been no issues at the polls. It’s the first time an Albuquerque mayor’s race has moved to November. Some voters said the combined ballot, including all the spending issues and five city council races, have led to more interest. “I think that it’s definitely helpful to get, you know, the crowd that we’re seeing out right now,” Emily Filomena of Albuquerque stated.

About 20% of Albuquerque voters cast their ballots before election day, according to data from the state.

As of 5 p.m. Tuesday, about 41,000 voters showed up to the polls for day-of voting, pushing total voter turnout just over 28%. It’s looking like total voter turnout should approach the 29% we saw for the mayor’s race four years ago, an election that led to a runoff.

The largest turnout for an Albuquerque mayoral election was in 2001 at 42%. That was when Marty Chavez ran again after sitting out a term.

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