Dona Ana County Introduces New Voting Technology
LAS CRUCES, N.M. -- Dona Ana County has reduced the number of polling sites this election season and are making it easier for people to vote because of new technology.
Dona Ana County has condensed the 120 precincts in the county into 39 polling sites equipped with computers that make it possible to vote in Las Cruces even if you're registered to vote in Hatch.
"We have gone away from the precinct based election day operations where you have to go to the precinct in which you're registered to vote," said Dona Ana County Clerk Lynn Ellins.
Voters said the new technology will help avoid confusion in trying to determine where you can vote.
"I don't know how many times my husband and I were turned away from a certain place because our names weren't on there," said Rosie Rico who voted early. "Now it'll be so simple, you just go wherever is convenient for you."
The 39 locations will be in areas where polls were already in place, so voters won't have to go out of their way to find a location.
For the county, the reduction of sites will save them about $135,000.
"It's a huge cost savings in poll workers salaries." Ellins said. "Under the old system you would have to have a 120 sets of poll workers, one for each precinct."
Ellins said even with low voter turnout, the June primaries will give them a good idea on how the system will work in November.
As of noon Friday Ellins estimated about 2900 registered voters had voted early.
Early voting ends at 6 p.m. on Saturday. Election day is Tuesday.
Voting Convenience Centers:
-ANTHONY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
609 Church St Anthony, NM 88021
-BERINO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
92 Shrode Rd Berino, NM 88021
200 E Picacho Ave Las Cruces, NM 88001
-CAMINO REAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
2961 Roadrunner Pkwy Las Cruces, NM 88011
-CHAPARRAL MIDDLE SCHOOL
290 Lisa Dr Chaparral , NM 88081
NMSU 2nd Floor Art Gallery Las Cruces, NM 88003
-DAC GOVERNMENT CENTER
845 N Motel Blvd Las Cruces, NM 88007
-DEL CERRO COMMUNITY CENTER
180 La Fe Ave Mesquite, NM 88048
-DESERT HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
280 Roadrunner Pkwy Las Cruces, NM 88011
-DESERT VIEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
1105 Valle Vista, Sunland Park NM 88063
-DONA ANA COMMUNITY CENTER
5745 Ledesma Dr., Dona Ana, NM 88007
-EAST PICACHO ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
4450 N Valley DR Las Cruces, NM 88007
-FAIRACRES ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
4501 W Picacho Ave Las Cruces, NM 88007
-GADSDEN HIGH SCHOOL
6301 Highway 28 Anthony, NM 88021
-GARFIELD ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
8820 Highway 187 Garfield, NM 87936
-GOOD SAMARITAN SOCIAL CENTER
3011 Buena Vida Cir Las Cruces, NM 88011
3111 North Main Street, Las Cruces, NM 88001
-HATCH HIGH SCHOOL
170 E Herrera Hatch, NM 87937
-JORNADA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
3400 Elks Dr Las Cruces, NM 88005
-LAS ALTURAS FIRE STATION
4145 Cholla Dr Las Cruces, NM 88011
-LAS CRUCES HIGH SCHOOL
1755 El Paseo Rd Las Cruces, NM 88001
-LA UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
875 Mercantile Ave Anthony, NM 88021
-LYNN MIDDLE SCHOOL
950 S Walnut St Las Cruces, NM 88005
-MAYFIELD HIGH SCHOOL
1955 N Valley Dr Las Cruces, NM 88007
-MESILLA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2363 Calle Del Sur Las Cruces, NM 88005
-MESILLA PARK RECREATION CENTER
304 W Bell Ave Las Cruces, NM 88005
-NEW COVENANT FELLOWSHIP
20 Holy Cross Rd Las Cruces, NM 88001
-NM FARM AND RANCH MUSEUM
4100 Dripping Springs Rd Las Cruces, NM 88011
-NORTH VALLEY ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
300 Cascade Ave San Miguel, NM 88058
-ONATE HIGH SCHOOL
5700 Mesa Grade Dr Las Cruces, NM 88011
-ORGAN FIRE STATION
5816 3rd St Organ, NM 88012
-RADIUM SPRINGS COMMUNITY CENTER
12060 L.B. Lindbeck Rd Las Cruces, NM 8800739
-RINCON FIRE STATION
255 Harlin St Rincon, NM 87940
-SANTA TERESA MIDDLE SCHOOL
4800 McNutt Rd Santa Teresa, NM 88008
-SIERRA MIDDLE SCHOOL
1700 Spruce Las Cruces, NM 88001
-SONOMA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
4201 Northrise Dr Las Cruces, NM 88011
-SUNRISE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
5300 Holman Rd Las Cruces, NM 88012
-UNIVERSITY HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2005 S Locust Las Cruces, NM 88001
-VISTA MIDDLE SCHOOL
4465 Elks Drive Las Cruces, NM 88005