Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Storm Fails To Keep Most Voters Away.

Byline: Tania Soussan And Guillermo Contreras Journal Staff Writers

THE N.M. TURNOUT

A strong storm swept across New Mexico on Election Day, dropping more than two feet of snow in places, forcing schools to close and keeping some election workers and possibly some voters from the polls.

The weather led to stranded ballot boxes and other problems that threatened to delay the vote count in Curry and Lincoln counties, and other counties in the southern part of the state.

In Curry County, "The roads were so bad we had to send the State Police out to pick up ballot boxes," said county clerk Coni Lyman.

At least two traffic deaths and several accidents were blamed on icy roads. A man was killed Tuesday morning on Interstate 40 near Grants, and another man died Monday night on Interstate 25 in Colfax County.

The bad weather also was hampering attempts to rescue two men stranded along the swollen Gila River in Grant County.

Things were no better across the state in Lea County.

"It's been a terrible day," said Chief Deputy Clerk Melinda Hughes. "It's been blowing snow, just very nasty."

Despite cold winds and snow, voter turnout in the southeastern New Mexico county appeared to be average for a presidential election, Hughes said. …

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