Quay County Clerk Ellen White expressed excitement Monday over new state legislation that allows the county to consolidate voting precincts.
“In November we have to establish our polling places and precincts for the next general election and primary election cycle, so what this enables us to do is to locate a facility that is centrally located and that has a good broadband Internet connection, and by doing that we’ll eliminate all the voting precincts within the City of Tucumcari and everybody will vote in one location. I’m really excited about being able to do that,” White said.
White said she plans on keeping voting centers in Logan and San Jon, while House, Nara Visa and Forest precincts will not have voting centers. Residents of these smaller precincts will be able to submit their ballots by mail or cast their ballots at one of the county voting centers.
“It will save our county and most of the state a bunch of money,” White said. “There’s a time frame that you actually send them a notification that they’re going to be receiving an absentee ballot by mail if they don’t come and vote in person early in the clerk’s office, so everyone who hasn’t voted in the first 10 days of early voting will get a ballot in the mail and have the remaining two weeks to get it back to the clerk. If they chose not to, they could come to a voting center on election day.”