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Voter Registration in New Mexico

Eligibility

In order to register and vote in New Mexico, an applicant 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 conditions of sentencing
  • 18 years or older at the time of the next election

More information: NM Election Handbook

Secretary of State Voter Information Website

Deadline

  • Voter registration closes 28 days prior to an election. (Section 1-4-8, NMSA 1978).
  • Same-Day Voter Registration: If you wish to register to vote or update your existing registration you can do so only at your County Clerk’s office until the Saturday before the Election.  (Section 1-4-5.7 NMSA 1978).
  • Registration applications may be submitted by hand or mail to the appropriate county clerks through the Friday following the registration deadline, provided the date and/or postmark is before the deadline (28 days prior to the election). (Section 1-4-8 (F), NMSA 1978).
  • If you register to vote after registration has closed, the county clerk will still accept your voter registration application but it will not be processed until the thirty-five (35) days after the election.

Online registration

If you have a current or expired New Mexico state I.D. or driver’s license, you can register or update your registration online with Online Voter Registration System.

Mail-in registration     

A voter may request the New Mexico Form by mail, telephone, or in person. The New Mexico Form is on card stock, is a permanent record and is not available online. It may not be duplicated.

In New Mexico, registration forms are distributed throughout county clerks offices. The forms are also available at the Secretary of State’s office in Santa Fe, Motor Vehicle Division offices, and many other public assistance offices. You can also call the Secretary of State office at 1.800.477.3632 and ask for a registration form to be mailed to you.

Click here to download a Voter Registration Form from the Secretary of State website.

You may also register with a Third-Party Registration Agent.

First-Time Registrants: If you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, then you must submit with the form a copy of

(1) a current and valid photo identification; or

(2) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address.

If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you will be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.

Political affiliation

  • You are not required to choose a political party.
  • You can choose to select a political party affiliation if you wish, or you can decide to not be affiliated with any political party. The choice is yours to make and does not impact the validity of your registration form.
  • Any applicant may choose to check the “No Party” box on the application; however, New Mexico has a closed primary, so only those registered in a major political party may participate in the primary election. The major political parties in New Mexico are:
    • Democratic Party
    • Republican Party
    • Libertarian Party
  • Voters who are affiliated with all other political parties or voters who have no political party affiliation may not vote in primary elections in New Mexico. However, all voters regardless of political affiliation are invited to participate in all other elections.

Updating registration      

If you have a current or expired New Mexico state I.D. or driver’s license, you can register or update your registration online with our Online Voter Registration System.

Cancelling registration

Download Voter Cancellation Request form

Puede usar este sitio web para:

  • Inscribirse para votar en los elecciones del federal, estado, condado y de la ciudad en Nuevo México.
  • Actualice su registro si su nombre o domicilio han cambiado. También puede actualizar su registro si desea cambiar su partido político

El formulario: Registrase Para Votar

ID Requirements for New Mexico Voters

ID Requirements for Registration

 

Online Registration

If you have a current or expired New Mexico state I.D. or driver’s license, you can register or update your registration online with our Online Voter Registration System.

Mail-in Registration

If you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, then you must submit with the form a copy of (1) a current and valid photo identification; or

(2) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address.

If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you will be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.

 

El formulario: Registrase Para Votar

Para registrarse como un nuevo votante o actualizar su registro en línea, su información personal debe coincidir con la información que está en el archivo con la División del Automóvil de Nuevo México (MVD).

Estas son las cosas que deben coincidir:

  • Su número de seguro social,
  • Su número de licencia de conducir o identificación del estado, y
  • Su fecha de nacimiento.

 


Si usted no tiene una licencia de conducir o tarjeta de identificación del estado de la MVD, o prefiere utilizar un formulario de papel para inscribirse para votar, por favor llene el Formulario de Inscripción de Votante y enviarlo a su Oficina local de Escribano del Condado. Usted encontrará la información de contacto para los 33 oficinas de Escribanos de Condados aquí.

ID Requirements for Voting

First-Time Voters

A physical form of identification is only required for first-time New Mexico voters who registered by mail and did not include identification with their voter registration application form.

 You must submit with the form a copy of::

(1) a current and valid photo identification; or

(2) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address.

If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you would be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.

All Other Voters

You do not have to present a photo ID to vote in a state election. You will be asked to provide a verbal or written statement of identification including your name, year of birth, and registered address.

 

 

 

Where to get an ID

Department of Motor Vehicles

 

Documents Required for a REAL ID Identification Card

To obtain a REAL ID identification card, you will need to bring the following documents to any MVD Field Office:

    •    One (1) proof of identification number, and
    •    One (1) proof of identity, and
    •    Two (2) proofs of New Mexico residency.

To obtain a non-compliant Standard ID Card, you will need to bring the following documents to any MVD Field Office:
    •    One (1) proof of identity and identify number, and
    •    Two (2) proofs of New Mexico residency.

Renew a New Mexico Identification Card

Please note: If you are renewing your current New Mexico identification card to obtain a REAL ID identification card or a non-compliant identification card for the first time, please follow the requirements for REAL ID and Standard identification card above.

Obtaining a Driver’s License

Replace a lost or stolen Driving Credential

Renew a Driving Credential

Casting a Ballot in New Mexico

Important Dates

  • 2019 Regular Local Election — November 5, 2019
  • 2020 Municipal Officer Elections – March 3, 2020
  • 2020 Primary Election – June 2, 2020
  • 2020 General Election – November 3, 2020

 

For a list of Special elections, click here

Absentee voting

Absentee voting by mail or in person

Voters may cast an absentee ballot or vote in person at their local County Clerk’s office or an early voting location prior to Election Day. No excuse is required to vote with an absentee ballot. You may now visit NMVote.org to request an absentee ballot, find an early voting location, and more!

Request an Absentee Ballot

Absentee voting begins on Tuesday, October 5, 2020 for the General Election. Request an absentee ballot by filling out an application and returning it to your local County Clerk. Applications can be obtained by:

    • Absentee ballot requests through the Secretary of State’s website for the 2020 general election will be accepted until 11:59PM on Thursday, October 29, 2020.
    • Voters can request an absentee ballot for the 2020 general election from their county clerk through Friday, October 30, 2020. Requests must be made by this deadline in order for the absentee ballot to be mailed by the appropriate county clerk in a timely manner.
    • NOTE: All county clerks in New Mexico will provide early voting on Saturday, October 31, 2020. Because of the nature of postal delivery, the Secretary of State encourages any voter considering making an absentee ballot request on Friday, October 30, 2020, to consider voting in-person during early voting hours on Saturday, October 31, 2020, or to vote in-person on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

    Applications must be received by the County Clerk no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, October 30, 2020.  A ballot will be sent to voters who have properly filled out the application.  If the application was not completed correctly, a notification with the reason why the application was not accepted will be sent within 24 hours of receipt of the application.

    If you do not receive the absentee ballot, please contact the County Clerk’s Office no later than Monday, November 2, 2020.

Request an Accessible Absentee Ballot

For the first time in New Mexico, absentee voting has expanded to be more accessible.  Absentee ballots have been designed so that a voter who is blind or visually impaired may independently use their own nonvisual or low-vision technology to mark their ballot.

  • Fill out an application online by CLICKING HERE.
  • An email address is required for delivery of the electronic absentee ballot.
  • Please read and complete the certification document required to provide the electronic absentee ballot.

Applications must be received by the County Clerk no later than 5:00 pm on Friday, October 30, 2020.  A ballot will be emailed to voters who have properly filled out the application and an official return envelope will be mailed and must be used to return the absentee ballot.

If you do not receive an email with absentee ballot, please contact the County Clerk’s Office no later than the Monday, November 2, 2020.

Return an Absentee Ballot

All absentee ballots may be returned to the County Clerk’s Office or any Election Day polling location no later than 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – Election Day.

Military or Overseas Voters – Please click here to find further information

Early Voting

Early voting locations open in each county beginning on Saturday, October 17, 2020 and continue through Saturday, October 31, 2020. Please check locations and hours of operation by visiting NMVote.org or by contacting your County Clerk’s Office.

 

Polling places and hours*

You may also vote early in-person, instead of voting by mail.  You may go to your county clerk’s office beginning the 28th day before the election and vote.  (Section 1-6-5, NMSA 1978).

  • Expanded early voting is available in many counties beginning on the third Saturday before the election.  Look up early voting locations here or call your county clerk for locations and dates and hours of operation.
  • Early voting ends the Saturday before the election.

*Public Health Emergency Order Clarifying that Polling Places Shall be Open as Required in the Election Code and Imposing Certain Social Distancing Restrictions on Polling Places

Rides to the polls

Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Some of these include:

  • Lyft free or discounted rides in some underserved communities
  • Political parties sometimes arrange rides for voters. Contact the local office:
    • Republican Party: newmexico.gop
    • Democratic Party: nmdemocrats.org
    • Libertarian Party of New Mexico:www.lpnm.us
    • Green Party of New Mexico: greenpartyofnm.org
    • Better for America Party of New Mexico
    • Constitution Party of New Mexico: www.constitutionpartynm.com

Santa Fe and Albuquerque and other city bus systems may offer free transportation on election day.

Help 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 (Section 1-12-12, NMSA 1978).
  • 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 (Section 1-12-15, NMSA 1978).
  • If you become ill after the period for absentee balloting and are unable to go to the polls, you may request, in writing, that an alternative ballot be made available to you.  The written request must be signed by the voter and a health care provider under penalty of perjury (Section 1-6-16.2, NMSA 1978).

More resources

Ballots

New Mexico uses paper ballots that are scanned on an optical scan tabulating system. This system is used for early voting, absentee voting and Election Day at each polling location. New Mexico’s voting equipment is uniform state-wide: Dominion Voting Systems Imagecast Evolution and Imagecast Precinct with ballot marking device (ADA Compliant).

Where to get more info on candidates

2019 Local Election Contest/Candidate List

Referenda

Sample ballots are available at My Registration Information

Elections

Primaries vs. general elections

  • Primary elections are conducted to select each party’s candidates in the general election.
  • In New Mexico, a voter must be a member of a political party in order to vote in that party’s primary.
  • In a general election, voters are not required to have a party affiliation.

Local Election Act Information

  1. Regular Local Election: the biennial local election at which local governing body members are elected pursuant to the provisions of the LEA held every November of the odd-numbers years
  2. Municipal Officer’s Election: the local governing body and any elective executive and judicial officers of a municipality held every March of even-numbered years.

In addition, all Special Local Elections in New Mexico will be conducted pursuant to the provisions of the Special Election Act.

Who are the candidates, and what else is on the ballot?

Important Dates

  • 2019 Regular Local Election — November 5, 2019
  • 2020 Municipal Officer Elections – March 3, 2020
  • 2020 Primary Election – June 2, 2020
  • 2020 General Election – November 3, 2020

For a list of Special elections, click here

 

Who conducts elections?

  • The New Mexico Secretary of State is the Commissioner of Elections and oversees statewide and local elections.
    • the Secretary oversees the entire election process, which includes maintaining a computerized listing of the state’s registered voters, testing and evaluating voting machines and certifying precinct boundary maps.
  • Town Clerks prepare ballots and administer balloting for each municipality

Where to go with complaints about candidates or how elections are conducted

The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office is charged with investigating complaints related to elections and ethics under New Mexico law.  Statutory authority to investigate is limited to the following portions of state and federal law:

  • Election Code and Campaign Practices (Chapter 1 NMSA);
  • Local Election Act (Chapter 1, Article 22 NMSA);
  • Lobbyist Regulation Act (Chapter 2, Article 11 NMSA);
  • Governmental Conduct Act (Chapter 10, Article 16 NMSA);
  • Financial Disclosure Act (Chapter 10, Article 16A NMSA); and
  • Public Law 107-252, Help America Vote Act of 2002 (“HAVA”).

If you believe your complaint falls under the authority of our office, please submit your complaint, in writing, on the Complaint Form. 

2018 Candidate Campaign Finance Reporting Guide

Click here to download the 2018 Candidate Campaign Finance Reporting Guide

The Candidate Campaign Finance Guidelines were published by the Office of the Secretary of State to act as a comprehensive guide to aid candidates in complying with campaign finance disclosure and reporting requirements as outlined in the Campaign Reporting Act and the Campaign Finance Rule, NMAC 1.10.13.  The guide also offers instructions for using the electronic Campaign Finance Information System (CFIS).

The Office of the Secretary of State will also schedule a training webinar to review the guidelines, provide a demonstration of CFIS, and provide an opportunity to ask questions prior to each report deadline.

How to contact your elected officials:

Roster of Elected Officials- An updated version of our Roster of Elected Officials will be coming soon.

General Resources on Voting and Elections

General Resources on Voting and Elections


Hotlines


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

1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)

1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)


Voter Registration & Election Day Resources

Find useful voter information including:

  • Local Election Office and Contact Information
  • Address, Telephone and Email for Local Election Offices
  • Upcoming Federal Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Upcoming State Election Dates and Deadlines
  • Eligibility Requirements
  • Identification Requirements
  • Voter Materials Transmission Options
  • State Lookup Tools – Am I Registered? Where’s my Ballot?

Population-Specific information and Resources

Voting Rights: Laws, Cases, Policy

Voter Engagement

Voter Education

Campaign Finance/Funding Information

Primary Sources, Lesson Plans & Exhibits

Disclaimer

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