New Mexico Election Information

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Upcoming Elections in Your State

2014 Primary Election: June 3, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

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

Other Important Election Information

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.

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)

Information on early voting can be found below and at the New Mexico Secretary of State’s webpage for absentee balloting and early voting

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Registration Deadlines

2014 Primary Election: May 6, 2014

2014 General Election: October 7, 2014

You must register 28 days before an election. 

Register to Vote

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.

Eligibility Requirements to Register

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
  • 18 years or older at the time of the next election

How to Check Your Registration Status

  • 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).

If You Want to Vote Early

To vote early, you may go to your local County Clerk’s office during regular business hours beginning the 28th day before an election. You may vote using a ballot or machine. Early voting ends the Saturday before the election.

Early voting at other sites begins the third Saturday (October 20, 2012) before an election and is open at a minimum from Tuesday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and aturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Contact your County Clerk for specific locations and hours.

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 (November 2, 2012) before election day. 

In Person: Visit your County Clerk’s office, complete an application, and cast your ballot.  You may vote in person there during regular business hours starting 28 days before Election Day (October 9, 2012) and ending at 5:00pm on the Friday before the election (November 2, 2012).

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.

You must sign the oath on the envelope used to return the absentee ballot.

If you are sent an absentee ballot in the mail, you must vote by absentee ballot in that election.  You will not be allowed to vote at the polls on Election Day unless you 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

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.

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. The registration deadline is October 8, 2012. 

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-specific FPCA 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

Manual

Voter Checklist

 

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

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


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