What To Expect When Voting
Your Guide to the Changes to the 2020 General Elections
Vote at ANY Vote Center
Voters no longer have to vote at a specific location within their precinct. During Early Voting and on Election Day, voters can go to ANY vote center to cast their ballot. Use the website or mobile app to find the closest Vote Center.
Ballot by Mail
Ballot by Mail is available to the elderly, the sick or disabled, voters who are incarcerated but still have voting rights and those who will be out of the county on Election Day. An Application for a Ballot by Mail (ABBM) must be filled out and submitted to the Elections Department by October 23. Once received, the Early Voting Clerk will send the requested ballot within 7 days. Completed ballots must be received by the Elections Department by November 3. The USPS advises to plan for a return timeframe of 7-10 days. The recommended postage is $0.70 unless you are a resident of the City of Socorro, in which case the longer ballot requires $1.40 in postage. Ballots may also be dropped off in person at the El Paso County Courthouse with valid I.D.
Voters dropping off their ballot will not have to get out of their vehicle. Signs will guide you to the Campbell Street entrance where poll workers will come to your vehicle to take your ballot, review your I.D. and request your signature.
Extended Early Voting
Early Voting has been extended to reduce crowding and enable more voters to cast their ballot. Early Voting opens on Tuesday, October 13 and ends on Friday, October 30. Additionally, some Early Voting locations will have extended hours, remaining open until 10 P.M. Use the website or mobile app to find the closest Early Voting location and hours of operation.
Removal of Straight Ticket Voting
Voters will no longer be able to vote straight ticket. Voters will have to manually select each candidate they want to vote for. Voters are invited to bring their filled out sample ballot with them to use as a reference while voting, if needed.
Vote Safe Measures
Multiple safety measures will be employed to protect voters and poll workers. These include adherence to masking and social distancing guidelines. Additionally, each voting location will have a clean team whose only role is to clean and sanitize the voting system after each use. Finally, each voter will receive a Vote Safe El Paso kit containing hand wipes, a disposable marking utensil, finger cot (a glove for single finger) and the “I Voted” sticker.
Voting is essential.
Make sure your voice is heard.