Republicans and independents have continued to gain ground on Democrats in voter turnout in New Mexico this week.
Through Thursday, 376,088 New Mexicans had voted in person, according to data provided by the Secretary of State’s Office. Fifty percent of them were Democrats — down from 52 percent of in-person voters through Oct. 29 and 58 percent through Oct. 22.
Republicans accounted for 35.7 percent of all in-person voters through Thursday, while independents and members of other parties accounted for 14.3 percent. Those are up from 30 percent and 12 percent, respectively, through Oct. 22.
Democrats’ share of returned absentee ballots in New Mexico, meanwhile, fell to 45.5 percent through Thursday. That’s down from 47 percent of absentee voters through Oct. 29 and 49 percent through Oct. 22.
Overall, 52,639 New Mexicans had returned absentee ballots by Thursday. Republicans accounted for 39.5 percent of those, while independents and members of other parties accounted for 15 percent. Those are up from 37 percent and 14 percent, respectively, through Oct. 22.
Democrats and Republicans are both voting thus far in higher numbers than their share of registration, while fewer independents are turning out than are registered. As of Nov. 3, 47 percent of registered voters in New Mexico were Democrats, 31 percent were Republicans, and 22 percent were independents or members of other parties.
There are nearly 1.3 million registered voters in New Mexico. A third of them had voted by Thursday.
Early in-person voting continues through Saturday. Tuesday is Election Day, and polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Absentee ballots can be returned until 7 p.m. on Tuesday.
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