Eddy County Clerk Darlene Rosprim says her staff is "feverishly" working to get voters into the system who registered to vote just days before the deadline to register.

The deadline to register was Tuesday.

"We are still working on it. A lot of people came in to register, we also have received a lot of voter registrations in the mail and more a coming that were mailed before on the day of the deadline," Rosprim said. "The two Parties also had a final push in Carlsbad and Artesia to get voters registered, so we have a lot do to. We hope to have everything done by Friday."

She said attributes the last minute voter registrations in part, to the local media, which reminded and urged potential voters to register by the Oct. 9 deadline. "Voter registration was going very slow up until then," she said. "Sure, we are busy getting the registrations completed, but I'm glad people registered."

Voters who are officially registered can head to the polls now. Absentee in person balloting started Tuesday and will continue through Oct. 20, when early voting begins.

"People can come in and vote now. It used to be that absentee balloting was limited to voters who were going to be out of town on Election Day," Rosprim explained. "But that has changed and they can come and vote absentee in person or wait until Oct. 20 to vote early. We encourage people to vote early and avoid lines at their precincts on Election Day.


Rosprim said that as of noon on Wednesday 117 voters in Carlsbad have already cast their ballot. She said North Eddy County voters will have to wait until early voting begins to cast their early ballots before the Nov. 6 general election.

She said thus far, 515 people have requested absentee ballots by mail.

Voters, as absentee in person voters, can cast their ballots at the Eddy County Clerk's Office, 325 S. Main St.