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New Mexico Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
By Mail:
Postmarked by Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election)
Secretary of State
State Capital North Annex
Suite 300
Santa Fe, NM 87501
Phone:
505-827-3600
Fax:
(505) 827-8403

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in New Mexico, you must be:

  • A resident of New Mexico
  • A citizen of the United States
  • Not legally declared mentally incapacitated
  • Not a convicted felon, or a felon who has completed all of the terms and condition of sentencing.
  • At least 18 years old. 17 year olds who will be 18 by the General Election may participate in the primary election. Voters must be at least 18 years old to participate in all other elections.

To determine if you qualify to have your voting rights restored following a felony conviction you can contact the NM Department of Corrections, Division of Parole and Porbation (505-827-8830) or a comparable agency in the state in which you were convicted.

ID Needed for Voter Registration

If the voter registration application is submitted by mail and it is the first time you have registered in your county or in the state of New Mexico, you must submit a copy of a current valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. Submitting this identification information will allow you to avoid showing personal identification at your polling place on Election Day.

If you wish to register to vote online you will need a current or expired New Mexico State ID or driver's license.

ID Needed for Voting?

No ID is needed for voting UNLESS you registered to vote for the first time by mail and did not provide a copy of a current and valid photo ID along with a current utility bill or bank statement, you will need to show some form of ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • An original or copy of a current  and valid photo ID with or without an address (the address doesn't need to match the address on your registration)
  • Original or copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student ID card or other government document, including ID issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and address (the address doesn't need to match the address on your registration)
  • Verbal or written statement by you (the voter) with your name, year of birth and registered address

If you cannot provide any of the above forms of ID you may vote a provisional ballot.

Registration Deadline

Voter registration closes 28 days prior to an election. Hand-delivered voter registrations should be taken directly to the county clerk and may be delivered until the Friday after the close of registration.

You may now register to vote online! You will your social security number and driver's license number or state ID number in order to complete the form.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status, please use your state's resource or contact your county clerk's office for your county, city or state.

Absentee Ballot Process

Can't make it to the polls? Request an absentee ballot through your county clerk or online. NO EXPLANATION NECESSARY!

Be sure to return your absentee ballot to the county clerk's office or to a polling location on or before Election Day. For other questions, check the Secretary of State Website.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Early Voting

You may vote early at your County Clerks office beginning 28 days before an election. Early voting at alternate sites begins on the third Saturday before the election in many counties. Call your county clerk for locations. Early voting ends the Saturday before the election.

Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election). The registration deadline is Tuesday, October 9, 2018.

Contact your local Board of Elections for information about local elections.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in New Mexico:

  • You must be registered to vote in New Mexico
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • Political affiliation considered
  • You must be a resident of the precinct
  • You must complete required training
  • Messengers and translators may also be appointed

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Election Day.

Time Off To Vote

Employers must grant employees up to two hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open two consecutive hours before or three hours after regular working shift. The employer may designate the hours to be taken, but it may not include lunch or rest hours.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

Provisional voting is permitted and is eligible for verification if cast in correct jurisdiction. You will be issued a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the roster or you do not provide the required identification. You can check the status of your provisional ballot by contacting your county clerk's office.

Voting Machines

The voting machine systems used in New Mexico are optical scan.

New Mexico uses paper ballots that are scanned on an electronic optical scanning system. All elections in the state use this system.

All ballots, including absentee ballots, are the same. All are scanned into the opitical scanning system.

 

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

You may request assistance in voting at the polls if you are blind, physically disabled, unable to read or write or a member of a language minority. Any person of your choice may assist you, except your employer, an agent of the employer, an officer or agent of your union, or a candidate whose name is on the ballot.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.

 


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1-866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683)
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