The general election may be a month away, but Socorro County residents don’t have to wait that long to go to the polls.
Early voting and absentee voting begin Tuesday.
Absentee ballots will be mailed out through Friday, Nov. 2.
Early voting begins on Tuesday at the Socorro County Courthouse and will run through Saturday, Nov. 3.
Hours of operation at the courthouse will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday each week and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 3.
Early voting will begin Oct. 20 and runs through Saturday, Nov. 3, at the Magdalena Senior Citizens Center. Hours for early voting will be Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
There are several contested races on the ballot.
Former Socorro County Sheriff Phillip Montoya, a Republican, will face current Sheriff William Armijo, a Democrat, in the general election in November.
Socorro Fire Chief Joe Gonzales, a Democrat, will face School Board Vice President Kimberly Gonzales, a Republican, in the District 1 County Commission race. Republican Julie Griego will face Democrat Viola Montoya in the County Assessor’s race.
Democrat Roscoe Woods will face Republican incumbent Shannon Murdock in the Seventh Judicial District Judge’s race.
District 49 State Rep. Gail Armstrong faces a Democratic write-in candidate in Cameron Alton Chick Sr. of Belen.
In the U.S. House District 2 race, Democrat Xochitl Torres Small will face State Rep. Yvette Herrell, a Republican. The seat is being vacated by Rep. Steve Pearce, who is running for governor against fellow U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat.
Democratic State Sen. Howie Morales, who represents Socorro, will face Republican Michelle Garcia Holmes in the Lt. Governor’s race.
There are write-in Libertarian candidates in both the gubernatorial and Lt. Governor races.
In the Public Regulation Commission District 5 race, Democrat Stephen H. Fischmann will face Republican Ben Hall.
In the attorney general’s race, incumbent Hector Balderas, a Democrat, will face Republican Michael Eugene Hendricks and Libertarian A. Blair Dunn.
In the secretary of state’s race, incumbent Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver will face Republican Gavin Clarkson and Libertarian Ginger Grider.
In the auditor’s race, Republican incumbent Wayne Johnson will face Democrat Brian Colon.
In the U.S. Senate race Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich will face Republican Mick Rich and Libertarian Gary Johnson.
In the land commissioner’s race, Democrat Stephanie Garcia Richard, Republican Pat Lyons and Libertarian Michael Lucero are on the ballot.
In Socorro County, Democratic Magistrate Judge Felix Saavedra, Democratic County Commissioner Manuel Anaya and Democratic Probate Judge Daryl Cases do not face opposition.