14 voting centers open on Tuesday Voting Convenience Centers


Heading into the final days before the June 3 primary, the Valencia County clerk wants to remind voters that there would be a few changes this year.

The county will be using Voting Convenience Centers in the Primary Election on Tuesday, June 3, and during the General Election in November, said Valencia County Clerk Peggy Carabajal.

The clerk said the 14 convenience centers spread across the county will give voters more flexibility since they are not constrained to one specific polling location.

"With the voting convenience centers, there is no 'wrong' place to vote," Carabajal said. "People can vote at the center closest to home, on their way to work or on their way home on Election Day."

In previous years, voters had to go to a designated polling location according to their voting precinct, she said. Now, at the centers, voting is done like it is during early voting, Carabajal said.

"We will still use paper ballots, but instead of pre-printing thousands of ballots, we will use the ballot on demand system," she said.

Voters will walk into a convenience center and, once their identity is verified and their precinct is established, a ballot will be generated with all the offices the voter is eligible to vote for.

To verify their identity, voters do not need to present a photo ID unless they have registered to vote in the state for the first time and mailed in their registration without a copy of an ID or proof of residency.

"The centers are available to any registered voter of Valencia County regardless of their designated precinct," Carabajal said.

The centers will be networked to the county clerk's office and the state voter system, she said.

"They are all networked so you can't vote at two centers," Carabajal said. "Once you are issued a ballot, it's immediately recorded in the clerk's office and at all the other centers."

The 14 convenience centers will all have voting tabulators present to accept the ballots.

In-person absentee, absentee and early voting will be conducted as usual, the clerk said.

The three early voting sites are now open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, at the Belen Community Center, 305 Eagle Lane, Bosque Farms Public Library, 1455 W. Bosque Loop, and the old Valencia County courthouse, 444 Luna Ave., Los Lunas.

Absentee and in-person absentee voting is from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, in the county clerk's office.

Early and in-person absentee voting ends on Saturday, May 31.

Voters can still apply for an absentee ballot and those must be returned to the clerk's office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Anyone with questions about the convenience centers can call the county bureau of elections at 866-2080.

Open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.,

Tuesday, June 3

Voters in Valencia County may cast a ballot at any of the following locations on Election Day:

• Ann Parish Elementary

112 Meadow Lake Road, Los Lunas

• Belen Public Library

333 Becker Ave., Belen

• Belen Community Center

305 Eagle Lane, Belen

• Bosque Farms Public Library

1455 W. Bosque Loop, Bosque Farms

• Daniel Fernandez Campus-Century School

32 Sun Valley Road, Los Lunas

• Del Rio Senior Center

351 Rio Communities Blvd., Rio Communities

• Desert View Elementary

49 La Canada Ave., Los Lunas

• El Cerro Mission Community Center Park

309 El Cerro Mission Road, Los Lunas

• Fred Luna Senior Center

197 Don Pasqual, Los Lunas

• Gil Sanchez Elementary

376 N.M. 109, Jarales

• Los Chavez Fire Department

2 Bombero Circle, Belen

• Los Lunas Schools Administration

119 Luna Ave., Los Lunas

• Old Sun Arrows Outpost Building

207 Tribal Road 2, Isleta

• Tomé Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center

2933 N.M. 47, Tomé.

-- Email the author at jdendinger@news-bulletin.com.