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Upcoming Elections

2016 Presidential Preference and Congressional/State Primary: Tuesday, June 7

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 10

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 11

For more information, visit the New Mexico Secretary of State website.

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.


More state specific election info below.

Voting Rights

News

Heed call for Wisconsin voter ID education campaign
05/21/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 12:30
Excerpt: 

The goal of the education campaign is obvious — to help those who don’t have a driver’s license or state ID but who are eligible to vote — and important. Everyone who is eligible to cast a vote, for whichever candidate, should have the opportunity. Part of the opportunity now consists of having proper identification. Getting people the right photo ID is a laudable goal.

There are also some less-obvious reasons for this campaign:

» Not everyone has an Internet connection. An advertising campaign that consists of billboards, newspaper ads and television spots will reach a segment of the population that isn’t online. Political candidates use those avenues to reach potential voters in an election season; they don’t rely solely on the Internet, so why not a voter ID informational campaign?

» It will serve as a reminder for regular voters to make sure they have the proper photo ID when they head to the polls and that their identification is updated and ready.

» It will clear up any confusion about the law. The voter ID act was authorized in 2011 but was blocked in 2012 by a lawsuit. It was re-implemented this year. Politicians in Madison may know all about the machinations of this requirement, but the general public may not be as well-informed. A big change like this in how people vote deserves an information campaign to make sure everyone is informed.

» This is an important election. In addition to the president, we’ll be voting for a U.S. Senate seat, congressional seats, all state Assembly positions and some state Senate offices.

Federal trial testimony: Minorities bear brunt of Wisconsin voter ID law
05/21/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, May 21, 2016 - 00:00
Excerpt: 

In testimony and filings in the trial before U.S. District Judge James Peterson, the plaintiffs said that blacks and Latinos make up 44% of those seeking a free ID to ensure they can vote but only 9% of the overall voting age population in Wisconsin.

Minorities may also make up the lion's share of those who struggle to get a photo ID, according to a small sample of voters who lacked the key documents needed to obtain one.

The plaintiffs in the case said that of the 30 such cases they could obtain from the state Division of Motor Vehicles, 84% are for a black or Latino petitioner. ...

Of the 30 cases, 19 were denied [a valid ID to vote] by state officials, they argued.

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Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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New Mexico Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 Presidential Preference and Congressional/State Primary: Tuesday, June 7

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, May 10

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 11

For more information, visit the New Mexico Secretary of State website.

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.

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.

How to Find Your Polling Place

Visit the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Voter View website.

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

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.


Registration Deadlines

You must register 28 days before an election. 

Register to Vote

How to Check if You Are Registered

  • To verify your registration status, check the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Voter View website.
  • Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683). 

How to Register

Online and By Mail

You can register online at the New Mexico Secretary of State Website. 

You can also print and 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.

In Person

Registration forms are 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.

Registration Eligibility

Registrants must meet the following requirements:

  • 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; and
  • 18 years or older at the time of the next election.

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:

  • A current and valid photo identification or
  • 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 the name and current address of the applicant.

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:

  • A current and valid photo identification or
  • 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 the name and NM address of the applicant.  The address does not have to match the registered address.

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.

OR

(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.

Voting rights are restored upon completion of prison sentence and/or all conditions of parole and probation.

For more information, visit the New Mexico Secretary of State website.

FAQ

Top Issues to Field **not yet updated since 2014**

For more information for voters with disabilities, visit the National Disability Rights Network’s voting resource center.

For more information for student voters, visit the New Mexico Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

2016 Election Information for your state