ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The polls should have closed at 7 p.m., but people were waiting for volunteers to replace the toner in half of the printers before they could cast their ballots at one of the voting centers.
The final Election Day numbers are still coming in after at least one polling location experienced technical issues.
A worker at the Sandia High School polling location says three of the six printers for printing out the ballots ran out of toner around 6:45 p.m., causing the line of voters to wrap around the school for over an hour.
A technician was able to fix the issue by about 7:15 p.m. and the last voter left around 8:15 p.m.
“A little unexpected. I mean, the last election they had some delays. You’d think they’d work out the bugs first, but apparently they’re down on toner which you’d think they’d refill before they start an election, but I guess not,” voter Jon Fass said.
Tuesday night around the same time, there was also a long wait at a polling place near Montgomery and Tramway.
KRQE News 13 reported earlier about the city clerk’s goal of 30 percent total voter turnout. There were a total of 52,723 ballots cast Tuesday in addition to 40,891 early voter ballots and 3,805 absentee ballots for an approximately 29 percent voter turnout. The last time turnout for a mayoral election was that high was in 2005.