Here are some images of the counting of Absentee ballots in Albuquerque from this afternoon. There aren't very good because I was not allowed to take pictures in the actual area where people were working. In the second picture, you can see a bunch of people behind a fence. That is where the four machines that count the absentee ballots are located. The county hopes to finished counting all the ballots tonight, and as you can see, this is a massive operation.
I've heard from several friends that absentee ballots aren't counted unless the race is close, or that they don't count them until the election is over. I'm not sure these somewhat crummy pictures are convincing evidence that these rumors are false, but they are.