County officials: Election ran smoothly

By Thomas Garcia: PNT staff writer

The election process and totals processing for the 2008 general election ran smoothly in Roosevelt County, according to county officials.

“This election went a lot smoother than what I expected,” said Roosevelt County Clerk Janet Collins.

Unofficially, 64 percent of Roosevelt County turned out for a historic election with Barack Obama being chosen as the first black president, a slight decrease from the 2004 presidential election.

In 2004, 7,163 votes were canvassed while the unofficial 2008 election numbers totaled 6,683, according to county officials and the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Web site.

Collins said the official results will be available on Friday after hand-tallied absentee votes are counted along with provisional ballots.

Voters streamed into the precincts up to the last minute of election day. Some, such as 18-year old Ashley Southern, were first- time voters.

Southern, who voted with 30 minutes to spare, said she wants to do her part to help make the country better.