Polling Place Hours
Election Day: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Early voting is also available beginning 28 days before an election. See below for more information on early voting.
Early voting at alternate sites begins on the third Saturday before the election. Call your county clerk for locations. Alternate sites may have extended or various hours but must at least be open from 12:00 pm until 8:00 pm Tuesday through Friday, and 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Saturday. These sites are closed on Sunday and Monday. Early voting ends the Saturday before the election.
You must register 28 days before an election.
How to Check if You Are Registered
How to Register
You may print complete a national voter registration form and send it to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, or your County Clerk’s office.
If you do not know who your local County Clerk is or would like to request a registration form by phone, you may call 1-800-477-3632.
Registration forms are also available at many government offices, including the Secretary of State’s Office, Motor Vehicle Division offices, post offices, local town halls, political party headquarters, public assistance offices and libraries.
Registrants must meet the following requirements:
Identification Required for Registration
Identification is required to register to vote in New Mexico if an applicant is registering for the first time in the state and if the registration form is submitted by mail.
The applicant must submit with the form a copy of:
If the applicant does not submit the required identification when registering, the applicant will be required to do so when voting in person or absentee.
If You Want to Vote Early
Early voting begins the third Saturday before the election and is open at a minimum from Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact your County Clerk for specific locations and hours. Early voting ends the Saturday before the election.
If You Want to Vote Absentee
New Mexico allows anyone to vote absentee. No excuse is required. You can download an absentee ballot here.
Procedures for Voting by Absentee Ballot
Absentee ballots applications may be requested from any County Clerk by mail, telephone, or in person until 5:00p.m. on the Friday (October 31, 2014) before election day.
In Person: Visit your County Clerk’s office, complete an application, and cast your absentee ballot. You may vote in person there during regular business hours starting 28 days before Election Day and ending at 5:00pm on the Friday before the election.
By Mail: You can request an absentee ballot application by calling, mailing, or faxing your county voter registration office. If applying by mail, the county voter registration office must receive the New Mexico or federal absentee ballot application no later than 5:00 pm on the Friday before Election Day.
Your ballot must be returned to your county voter registration office by 7:00 p.m. on the day of the election. You may return the ballot personally or by mail. You may also have an immediate family member or caregiver hand deliver your ballot to the county clerk or your voting precinct by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. An unrelated third party may not deliver another voter's absentee ballot.
You must sign the oath on the envelope used to return the absentee ballot.
If you apply for an absentee ballot and receive it, you must vote that ballot. You will not be issued another ballot if the original ballot is destroyed, discarded or delivered to the polls unvoted. If you apply for, but do not receive the absentee ballot, you may go to the county clerk's office until Monday before the election and apply for a replacement ballot for the election.
You may also go to your polling place and vote on a paper ballot, in lieu of an absentee ballot on Election Day. You will be required to sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you did not receive your ballot.
Note for Individuals Who Fall Ill After the Period for Absentee Ballotting:
If you become ill after the period for absentee balloting and are unable to go to the polls, you may request a ballot in writing. Your request must be signed by your health care provider. Your ballot will be given to the person who presents the request to the County Clerk and must be returned by the same person.
Identification Requirements to Register
Except for those who registered to vote for the first time by mail, no ID is required on Election Day.
People registering to vote for the first time in the state by mail are required to submit identification. The applicant must submit with the registration form a copy of:
If the applicant does not submit the required identification when registering, the applicant will be required to bring that identification when voting in person or submit a copy when voting by absentee ballot.
Identification Required to Cast a Ballot
If you previously showed identification when registering to vote, you have the option of either again presenting a form of ID (see paragraph (A) below) or making a verbal or written statement (see paragraph (B)) when casting a ballot:.
(A) Present a physical form of identification, which may be: (1) an original or copy of a current and valid photo identification with or without an address, which address is not required to match the your certificate of registration or your voter identification card: or (2) an original or copy of a 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 address, but which does not need to match the address on the voter's certificate of registration.
(B) provide a verbal or written statement of your name, year of birth and registered address. The statement of the voter's name need not contain the voter's middle initial or suffix.
If a voter fails to provide either the written or verbal required identification, the voter shall be allowed to vote on a provisional ballot.
If you did not submit identification when registering to vote, you will need to bring identification when voting. Please see above, under “Identification Required for Registration” for more information.
Moving Within Your State
If you have moved within New Mexico, you must fill out a new voter registration form and submit it to your local County Clerk's Office or the Secretary of State's Office.
If you do not change your address, a postcard will be mailed to your old address to confirm that you have moved. If you do not respond, your voter registration will be canceled if you do not re-register or if you do not appear to vote in any election within four years.
Moving Between States
Voters who have moved from New Mexico to another state within 30 days of Election Day or to New Mexico from another state more than 30 days prior to Election Day, and who otherwise possess the substantive qualifications to vote in New Mexico except for the requirement of residence, may vote for presidential officers in a presidential election, but for no other officers or upon any questions or in any other election.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot. Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) New Mexico page.
Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email. If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA. Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's New Mexico-specific FPCA page.
Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline. The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices. The FWAB may also be used to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step. If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline. For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's New Mexico-specific FWAB page.
For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities.”
Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights
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