County Clerk’s Office Prepares for Election Day

Voting time is here and the Rio Arriba County Clerk’s Office has kicked into full gear to get prepared. According to County Deputy Clerk Linda Padilla, this year’s election will consist of 42 precincts, three of which are mail out precincts. “This election year is going to be very busy,” said Padilla. “But we look forward to getting people registered and helping them get their votes in.”

The public has the option of voting on Election Day, June 5th, or can participate in early voting, which starts May 19th through June 2nd. This year there are four early voting sites: Ohkay Owingeh Senior Center and Santa Clara Pueblo Senior Center, which will serve their own respective precincts; the Ishkoteen Judicial Complex in Dulce, which will serve precincts 20, 21 and 24, and the Española sub office, which will serve all precincts.  Registered voters can confirm their precinct locations by going to and entering their basic information through the search option.  

According to Padilla, the clerk’s office hires extra help during Election Day in order to make sure the voting process is taken care of efficiently and carefully. Three extra staff are hired in the clerk’s office, along with four deputies, which will be overseeing the day’s proceedings in the Tierra Amarilla voting headquarters and the Española sub office.  Four to five other hires will also be present at each precinct, which includes a presiding judge, a secondary judge, two clerks and two alternates, if needed.      

“Getting ready for the election is a process and we intend to make that process as simple as possible for each voter,” said Padilla. “I encourage the public to make sure they are registered by visiting us in our Española and Tierra Amarilla County offices. They can also get on to our website, for any questions or information they need concerning the election or any of the matters that the County Clerk’s Office takes care of.”

For more information on primary elections, precinct locations and election notifications, please visit the County Clerk’s webpage at

-Erika L. Martinez, April 2012