Early voting locations hit with long lines as Election Day approaches

In this Nov. 1, 2016, photo, a voter is reflected in the glass frame of a poster while leaving a polling site during early voting ahead of next week's election in Atlanta. Hillary Clinton may not be accumulating the type of early-vote advantage her campaign wanted, but she continues to maintain an apparent edge over Donald Trump, with roughly one-fourth of all expected ballots cast in the 2016 election. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Election Day is just five days away, and local early voting locations have been hit with long lines as voters try to beat the rush next Tuesday.

Early voting numbers in Bernalillo county are set to surpass those in 2012 in the next couple of days. So far, more than 132,000 people have voted early. In 2012, that number was 148,000.

With just three days left of early voting, they expect 10,000 to 15,000 people per day. When it comes to absentee ballots more than 21,000 have been received.¬†That’s up 40 percent from 2012. About 8,000 absentee ballots are still out.

The Bernalillo County Clerk Office says its main message right now, is don’t wait until Election Day to vote.

“The thing about having the early voting at convenience centers, is it gives people a lot of options…,” said Joey Keefe with the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office. “Things can get really busy Election Day, so it’s a chance to cast a ballot at a time when it’s not so busy.”

So far, 34 percent of Bernalillo County’s registered voters have already cast their ballots. They’re expecting a pretty good turnout overall though, between 65 and 70 percent.

The 19 early voting locations close Saturday night at 8 p.m. On Election Day, officials are expecting about one-third of the county’s voters to cast their ballots or about 150,000 people.

There will be 69 voting locations open on Election Day from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m.

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