ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – At long last Election Day is here. Polls have been open in the state for five hours already, as voters pick between Clinton and Trump.
The voting site at 98th Street and Central is one of 69 voting convenience centers around Bernalillo County, and the Clerk’s Office says it’s one of the busiest in the city so far.
A short line of voters were at the Clerk’s Annex at 15th and Lomas before workers opened the doors Tuesday morning. One voter who lives nearby says she was surprised it wasn’t busier there after seeing early voting crowds.
“Traffic’s been phenomenal all week,” said Barbara Vigil. “I couldn’t even park in front of my house so I would’ve come early anyway, but it’ll be nice if it starts. I’m surprised there aren’t more people here.”
Early voting was up significantly this year compared to four years ago. As of 10 p.m., voting numbers show just shy of 20,000 people have voted in the county so far Tuesday. That’s before the lunch rush and after work rush typically seen.
Overall, a little more than half of registered voters have cast ballots so far. Typical turnout would be around 70 percent.
If you’re registered in Bernalillo County, you can vote at any of the county’s 69 voting locations until 7 p.m. For more information, click here.