Upcoming Election Dates & Registration Deadlines
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New Mexico Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
- Drop Boxes
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Official Results
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Voting Machines
Absentee Ballot Process
Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required beginning on Tuesday, October 6, 2020. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 14 days before the election (October 20, 2020). You can return your absentee ballot request form through mail, in person at your local elections office, or online. Voted ballots must be received by Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Secretary of State website. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day.
Voters who requested an absentee ballot, but decide they want to vote in person may do so. Do not mail a ballot and vote in person. For specifics, you can find your local county clerk contact info here.
Be sure to return your absentee ballot to the county clerk's office or to a polling location on or before Election Day. Absentee ballots must be delivered by 7pm on Election Day to be counted. For other questions, check the Secretary of State Website.Request your Ballot
Campaign Finance Information
For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.
Candidate and Ballot Measure Information
There are multiple ways for voters to return their absentee ballot. If mailing it, do so by October 27th. Or, you can drop off your ballot at your county clerk’s office or at any polling location in your county during Early Voting or on Election Day.
Early Voting for the Tuesday, November 3, 2020 General Election begins on October 6th and ends on October 31st.
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 (October 17) in many counties. Early voting information may be found at this state website.
To be eligible to vote, 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 Probation (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, you must submit a copy of an acceptable form of ID.
Acceptable forms of ID are:
- a current valid photo ID
- a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck
- a student ID card
- an ID issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address
- 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.
NOTE: Some municipal jurisdictions do have voter ID rules in place that require ID to be provided in order to vote in city elections. This includes the city of Albuquerque and the city of Rio Rancho. Please contact your county clerk for more information.
Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Officials did not provide an estimate but said that they expected that the majority, if not all, of the winners in the state would be evident by midday Wednesday (the day after the election). Official election results will be uploaded on New Mexico’s Secretary of State website as they become available.
The last date to certify the November 3, 2020 election is November 24th.Official Results
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent 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.
Poll Worker Information
Visit www.workelections.com to find localized information for becoming a poll worker in your area.
In order to be a poll worker in New Mexico you must:
- Be registered to vote in New Mexico
- Be at least 18 years of age
- Be a resident of the precinct
- Complete required training
- Messengers and translators may also be appointed
You will be entitled to compensation and political affiliation may be considered.
Polling Place Hours
Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Polling Place Locator
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 have until 5pm two days after the Election to provide proper identification for their provisional ballot to be counted.
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.
If you are blind or visually impaired you may request an absentee ballot be sent electronically so you may use your own non-visual or low vision technology to mark your ballot. Fill out an absentee ballot application and be sure to provide your email address for delivery of the electronic ballot.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource. Or, you can contact your Bureau of Elections at firstname.lastname@example.org.
You may 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.
Mailed and online registration closes 28 days before an election. However, it is now possible to register to vote, update your voter registration, and vote during early voting! In person registration occurs at select locations (including your county clerk office) through the Saturday before the Election.
Time Off To Vote
Employers must grant employees up to two hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open two 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.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your voter registration statusclick here!
The voting machine systems used in New Mexico are optical scan.
Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.
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