SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Early voting expands on Saturday as more polling locations open across New Mexico.
People have been able to vote at county clerks' offices and with absentee ballots since Oct. 9.
Early voting begins Saturday at alternate polling places designated by clerks.
The secretary of state's office says about 55,800 people had voted through Thursday.
In the 2008 presidential election, 62 percent of voters cast ballots before polls opened on Election Day.
Elected officials plan rallies on Saturday to kick off early voting.
Republican Gov. Susana Martinez is to attend events in Albuquerque as well as Chaves and Valencia counties, which feature hotly contested legislative races.
Democratic Sens. Jeff Bingaman and Tom Udall and Congressman Ben Ray Lujan are to attend a Santa Fe rally along with Senate candidate Martin Heinrich.