Low Early Voter Turnout for Anthony Incorporation Election
POSTED: Saturday, January 2, 2010 - 10:13pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:26pm
Irene De Santos was the only voter we saw walking into the Anthony Water and Sanitation District Saturday afternoon.
"A lot of people don't know about it. The reason I found out is someone went by my door and told me about early voting," she said.
It's an election that will effect thousands of people living in Anthony, New Mexico.
The ballot asks voters if they're “for” or “against” incorporation.
That means the town of Anthony could become a city.
By state law, the new city would have to hire a police chief, municipal judge, city manager, and provide office space for city employees.
But based on early voting numbers, only a small fraction of the community has cast their ballot.
the total? a whopping 1-hundred and 28.
"We have 3000 people that can vote and we've had 130. That's in 9 days. In that period you should have well over 1000," said election supervisor Keith Peterson.
Elections administrators are hopeful they'll see a bigger turnout on voting day this Tuesday.
Only registered voters who live in the area proposed for incorporation can cast a ballot.