Election Day 2016: Top Stories
Bernalillo County is reporting that 61,641 voters have cast their ballots as of 6 p.m., Election Day 2016. This is in addition to the 181,839 early votes and 27,364 absentee votes already cast. About 40.7 percent of New Mexicans have voted either early or absentee. In Bernalillo County, about 46 percent have voted early or absentee. Another update is expected after 7 p.m. Tuesday.
5:48 PM: As the first results rolled in, Trump claimed victory in reliably Republican Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia, while Clinton won liberal Vermont. Polls also closed in North Carolina and Ohio, each expected to be among the night’s most competitive races, but it was too early to call a winner.
Full Story: Trump takes Indiana, Kentucky; Clinton Vermont
5:02 PM There are only three hours to go until the polls close in New Mexico. It will be the end to what has been a long contentious election season.
4:24 PM Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton and her team participated in the Mannequin Challenge on Monday.
3:28 PM: Even as he cast his own ballot Tuesday, Donald Trump raised doubts about the integrity of the U.S. election system.
3:20 PM: Seeking to become the first woman to be elected U.S. president, Hillary Clinton cast her ballot Tuesday and settled down to wait for the country to make its choice.
1:32 PM: After 500-plus days of news coverage, hundreds of opinion polls and zillions (a rough approximation) of think pieces on the state of American politics, there are several states and races that political insiders will be watching the closest Tuesday night.
12:27 PM: Early voting was up significantly this year compared to four years ago. Overall, a little more than half of registered voters have cast ballots so far. If you’re registered in Bernalillo County, you can vote at any of the county’s 69 voting locations until 7 p.m.
11:18 AM: Amid concern among voting rights advocates over possible voter suppression at the polls this Election Day, voters can now view issues in real time on one map.
10:52 AM: Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson is holding one last rally in Santa Fe Tuesday. The former New Mexico governor is hoping to get last minute voters on his side before the polls close for the evening. He and Bill Weld will be at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town at 6 p.m. Tickets are free to that event.
10:39 AM: Women have been allowed to vote for less than 100 years in the United States, making this Election Day extra special for some of America’s oldest citizens.
7:51 AM: Weeks ago, political experts believed a Democratic wave could allow the party to keep the state Senate and gain control of the House. Now, they say new developments have them thinking twice. They also say what’s more important than the individual races, is what’s at stake for state government.
6:56 AM: For weeks, portions of Donald Trump’s speeches have included accusations of “election rigging,” but the state’s Secretary of State Office says voters can go to the polls confident that New Mexico’s election is safe and secure.
6:09 AM: The lone American who’s not waking up on planet Earth has already cast his vote from space. NASA says astronaut Shane Kimbrough filed his absentee ballot from the International Space Station sometime over the past few days. The astronaut will not be back to Earth until February and by then the U.S. will already have a new president.
5:32 AM: Leading up to Election Day, Trump’s campaign worked hard to secure votes in New Mexico after saying their internal polls showed the race for state’s five electoral votes was neck-and-neck. However, KRQE News 13’s political expert Gabe Sanchez says he doesn’t see New Mexico as a swing state, and doesn’t believe the heavy hitting stumping from Trump’s campaign will drum up a whole lot of support for the Republican nominee.
5:06 AM: After nearly two years of bitterness and rancor, America will elect its 45th president Tuesday, making Hillary Clinton the nation’s first female commander in chief or choosing billionaire businessman Donald Trump, whose volatile campaign has upended U.S. politics.
4:32 AM: While each candidate has been busy hitting the campaign trail hard in the last few days, officials at the County Clerk’s Office have been working equally hard in preparation for Election Day. Workers and volunteers have been working around the clock. Officials say each poll worker has been trained on everything from different statutes to answering voter questions, comments and complaints.