Chaves County voter registration surges

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – Early voting begins Tuesday in New Mexico for the November election and people across the state are racing to get registered to vote.

In one New Mexico county, the surge in voters has been hard to keep up with.

With less than a month until the general election, voter registration forms have been pouring into the Chaves County Clerk Office.

“Since the end of the primary we’ve probably gotten between 1,300 and 1,500 new registrations,” said Chaves County Clerk Dave Kunko.

With so many coming in all at once, it has been hard for the clerk’s office to keep up.

“They take time to process and we typically have at least two of us putting them into the system at a time,” said Kunko.

Just over the weekend, the county says they had a ton of voter registrations come in both the Republican and the Democratic parties in Chaves County.

“We had a little over 9,000 registered voters at the beginning of my term last year and now we have gone over 10,000,” said Michael Trujillo, Chaves County Democratic Party Chair.

“Even over the weekend we’ve had so many that have registered to vote and today had so many that the county clerk is going to be busy tomorrow,” said Jason Perry, Chaves County Republican Party Chair.

The county clerk says while it can be a lot of work he’s thrilled to see everyone coming out to register.

“I’m really excited to about what our possible turnout will be for this election, I’m really hoping for some good number,” said Kunko.

The deadline to register to vote is Tuesday at 5 p.m., and Kunko says they will be working nonstop to make sure everyone is registered.

Since mid-May more than 900 people have registered in Chaves County alone.

Almost half of all people living in Chaves County are now registered to vote. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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