Early voting turnout consistent to previous years

CNJ Staff

Seven percent of Curry County’s registered voters have exercised their right to vote during early voting that began Oct. 10.

The general election is Nov. 7.

According to Curry County Deputy Clerk and Election Administrator Coni Jo Lyman, 1,498 of 21,179 registered voters have already cast their ballots. The county clerk’s office has also mailed an additional 820 ballots, she said.

“Voter turnout has been consistent with the previous year’s numbers,” Lyman said.
With a limited number of local contested races on the ballot, Lyman said she has been pleasantly surprised by the steady number of voters.

“So many of our local elections were determined during the primary election,” she said, “so, I’m pleased by the turnout.”

Early voters have been casting their ballots on the new state-funded M-100 tabulating machines. The ballots used in this election are also different as voters are required to fill in an oval instead of continuing an arrow to cast their votes.

Lyman said the machines have proved to be dependable. “One machine out of 80 failed a test vote,” she said.

Lyman said many poll workers completed mandatory training on Monday morning, and an additional session is scheduled for Monday in the Ingram Room at Clovis-Carter Public Library.