New Mexico Election Information

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November 3, 2020 – General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates
  • September 19: Military and Overseas Absentee Ballots begin being mailed
  • October 6: Absentee ballots begin being mailed; Early Voting at the county clerk’s office/annex begins; Last day to register to vote online (Secretary of State’s website) or by mail (postmark); Same Day Registration Begins (call clerk for locations)
  • October 17: Alternate Early Voting Locations Open

  • October 20: Last day to request an absentee ballot (5pm)

  • October 27: Last day for military and overseas voters to request an electronic ballot

  • October 29: Last day for County Clerk’s to Mail voters their absentee ballots

  • October 31: Early Voting Ends; Same Day Registration Ends

  • November 3: Election Day; Absentee ballot must be returned by 7pm to the county clerk’s office or a polling location

Polling hours are from 7:00 a.m. until  7:00 p.m.  As long as a voter is in line by 7:00 p.m., the voter will be able to vote. 

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

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When You Can Vote

Election Day:

7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time.

Early voting locations open on Saturday, May 16, 2020 and continue through Saturday, May 30, 2020.  These polling locations must be open for at least 8 hours a day and may be closed on Sunday and Monday. Please contact your County Clerk’s office for more information: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/County_Clerk_Information.aspx.

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place:

https://voterportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us/WhereToVoteAddress.aspx

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines:

2020 Primary Election: Tuesday, May 5, 2020

2020 General Election: October 6, 2020

How to Check Your Registrationhttps://voterportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us/WhereToVote.aspx or call 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register to vote, the individual must: (A) be a resident of New Mexico; (B) a citizen of the United States; (C) not a convicted felon, or a felon who has completed all of the terms and conditions of sentencing; and (D) 18 years or older at the time of the next election.

How to Register:

Individuals may obtain registration forms at 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 and register by mail. Further, individuals may register online at the following web address: https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/InstructionsStep1.aspx

Identification Required for Registration:

If an applicant is registering for the first time and the registration application is submitted by mail, the applicant must submit a copy of one of the following forms of identification: (A) a current and valid photo identification or (B) 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 include a copy of the form of identification with the registration application, they will need to present a permitted form of identification at the polling location.

If an applicant is registering online, they will need to provide his/her social security number, driver’s license number or state identification number, and date of birth.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early Absentee

Any registered voter can request a mail-in absentee ballot. No special circumstances are necessary. The New Mexico Absentee Ballot Application is available at your County Clerk’s office. You may request an application by mail, telephone, or in person. The County Clerk must receive the Application for Absent Voter Ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 29, 2020 for the Primary Election, and Friday, October 30, 2020 for the General Election. To find your County Clerk’s office, please go to: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/County_Clerk_Information.aspx. You can also obtain an absentee ballot application on the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website (Application for Absent Voter Ballot, https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/AbsenteeApplication.aspx).

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Any registered voter can request a mail-in absentee ballot. No special circumstances are necessary. The New Mexico Absentee Ballot Application is available at your County Clerk’s office. You may request an application by mail, telephone, or in person. The County Clerk must receive the Application for Absent Voter Ballot no later than 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2020 for the Primary Election, and Thursday, October 30, 2020 for the General Election. To find your County Clerk’s office, please go to: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/County_Clerk_Information.aspx. You can also obtain an absentee ballot application on the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website (Application for Absent Voter Ballot, https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/AbsenteeApplication.aspx?type=RA).

The County Clerk must receive your signed New Mexico Absentee Ballot Application by no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day (i.e., May 29, 2020 for the Primary Election and October 30, 2020 for the General Election) and you must return the ballot to the County Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. on Election Day or any voting precinct. You must sign the oath on the envelope used to return the absentee ballot. 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.

Once an absentee ballot has been requested, you may not vote in person except by replacement absentee ballot. A replacement absentee ballot can be obtained at the County Clerk’s office or at an alternate voting location in the county where the voter is registered to vote before 5:00 pm on the Monday before Election Day. In both cases, you must submit a sworn affidavit stating that you did not receive or vote the absentee ballot.

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Most voters aren’t required to show ID. Voters who registered in New Mexico for the first time, submitted their registration by mail, and didn’t include a copy of their ID when they registered need to enclose or bring a copy of ID. Identification can include (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.

VoteRiders has created New Mexico voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

If you have moved, you must fill out a new voter registration form and submit it to your county clerk’s office. New Mexico law does not specify what voters should do if they’ve moved and have not updated their registrations. Voters should call their county clerk’s office directly and request guidance – http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/County_Clerk_Information.aspx.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

Military and other overseas citizens may use the standard procedure for absentee voting by mail, but there are also special provisions for members of the U.S. Armed Forces and merchant marine, commissioned corps of the Public Health Service and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, along with family members of all these groups, and other citizens who reside outside the United States (together these groups are called UOCAVA voters).

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

An UOCAVA voter may register to vote using one of the following methods:

You may submit your application via mail or email to your County Clerk’s office. To find your County Clerk’s office, visit: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/County_Clerk_Information.aspx. If you do not know which County Clerk you should submit your application to, send it to the Secretary of State ([email protected]) for routing. Please also visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s (FVAP) New Mexico page. The deadline to register to vote is 28 days prior to an election.

An UOCAVA voter may request an absentee ballot by mail, email or facsimile. The New Mexico Absentee Ballot Application is available at your County Clerk’s office. You can also obtain an absentee ballot application here.  An FPCA is also considered a request for an absentee ballot.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

An UOCAVA voter may request an absentee ballot by mail, email or facsimile and may return the absentee ballot by mail, email or facsimile to his or her County Clerk. For more information please go to: http://www.fvap.gov/ or https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/MilitaryDoc.aspx.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters. You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities. You can use the FWAB if you are concerned about receiving your printed ballot and returning the ballot to the County Clerk’s office by 7:00 pm on Election Day. The FWAB is a blank ballot on which you write-in your 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 local election officials by the voter registration deadline. For more information please go to: http://www.fvap.gov/ or https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/MilitaryDoc.aspx.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

If you have been convicted of a felony in New Mexico, your voter registration will be canceled. A person convicted of a felony is eligible to re-register to vote when that person: (1) has been unconditionally discharged from a correctional facility or detention center; (2) has completed all conditions of parole or supervised probation; or (3) has had the conviction overturned on appeal. To determine if you are qualified to have your voting rights restored, you should contact the Department of Corrections, Division of Parole and Probation at (505) 827-8830.

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