Early voting started Oct. 9

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Voting for the general election will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 6 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and early voting goes from Tuesday, Oct. 9 through Saturday Nov. 3 at the County Courthouse at 200 Church St.

Voting sites will be the same as for the primary, with two voting convenience centers, said County Clerk Rebecca Vega.

“It’s important for our system to get a person that is most qualified elected,” Vega said. “It takes people to go out and vote to make a difference. If we don’t vote, we don’t have a voice.”

The general election is when all parties run against each other, statewide as well as county candidates, Vega said. Socorro County candidates running in the general election are:

County commissioner for District 2 — Democrat Stanley Herrera and Republican Martha A. Salas.

County commissioner for District 4 — Republican Daniel P. Monette.

County commissioner for District 5 — Democrat Diego Early Montoya and Republican Juan Jose Gutierrez

County clerk — Democrat Rebecca E. Vega.

County treasurer — Democrat Tina Lujan and Republican Shirleen Greenwood.

Citizens can vote at the county clerk’s office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. On Nov. 6, people can vote at Socorro County Annex, 198 Neel Avenue, one of the convenience center locations, the other is at the school central office at 700 Franklin St.

There are 13 rural precincts that are regular precincts where people will be voting at their traditional places. Sample ballots are available for every precinct in Socorro, she said.

Absentee mail-in voting started Oct. 9 and continues through Friday, Nov. 2. Voting in person at the county clerk office ends at 5 p.m., Nov. 3.

There will be an alternate voting site at the Magdalena Senior Center, which doesn’t start until Saturday, Oct. 20, and will be closed Sundays and Mondays. Anyone from any precinct can vote at an early voting site that is available to everyone, she said.

“Early voting is convenient, it gets people a whole month to get out an vote,” Vega said.

The VCCs worked well in the primary elections, anyone from the county can vote at a specific precinct, Vega said. Anyone from a rural precinct can also vote at the VCCs by provisional ballot. Absentee voting also starts Oct. 9. The first day to mail out the federal ballots was Sept. 22 for service men and women overseas. Most of the voting will take place at county buildings, and one at Midway Elementary School, Vega said.