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Posted: Sunday, August 11, 2013 12:00 am

More people have voted early in Rio Rancho’s Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax special election than in the past two special elections.

Voters are being asked if they want to decrease the sales tax that supports construction of buildings and infrastructure for four-year universities in the city from a quarter-percent to one-eighth of a percent. Several city councilors have said if the measure passes, they’ll vote to institute a one-eighth percent sales tax earmarked for police, fire and emergency medical services.

City spokesman Peter Wells said in an email that as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, 1, 047 people had cast absentee or early ballots in the election scheduled for Aug. 20. That means about 1.8 percent of the 56,859 registered voters in Rio Rancho had voted by Wednesday, with early and absentee voting lasting until Aug. 16.

According to Wells, 591 people, or almost 1.2 percent of Rio Rancho voters, cast early or absentee ballots in the 2009 city special election for road bonds, and 904, or 1.8 percent, voted early in the 2011 road bond special election.

More than 2 percent of 51,724 voters cast ballots early in the 2012 municipal regular election, according to numbers on the city website.

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