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New Mexico Voting Quick Facts

Who Can Register to vote in New Mexico

Under federal law, if you move within 30 days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.

Voter Registration Eligibility Requirements

  • You are a United States citizen;
  • Must be a resident of New Mexico.
  • Must be at least 18 years old or will be 18 by the date of the next general election.
  • Not a convicted felon, or a felon who has completed all of the terms and conditions of sentencing
  • Not legally declared mentally incapacitated

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How Do I Register To Vote in New Mexico

Online

New Mexico enables residents to register through their online voter registration portal. Click the link below to be redirected to your voter registration website

Click here to Register Online

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

WHAT IS AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF IDENTIFICATION FOR VOTING

Do I need to present identification when I vote?

  • You do not have to present a photo ID. Only 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 would be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.
  • Please note that some municipal jurisdictions in New Mexico do have voter id ordinances in place that require voter id be presented to vote in city elections. This includes the City of Albuquerque and the City of Rio Rancho.

What identification do I need to provide?

  • 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.
  • Otherwise, you will be asked to provide a verbal or written statement of identification including your name, year of birth, and registered address.

Can I vote if my status is inactive?

  • Yes, an "inactive" status does not prohibit any registered voter to vote. You will vote like usual and your status will return to "active."

How can military and overseas voters participate in voting in an election?

  • Information, deadlines and eligibility requirements for military and overseas voters can be found here.

Learn more about Voting at the Polls on Election Day

Who Can Vote in Primary Elections in New Mexico

Both Democrats and Republicans hold Closed Primaries

Only registered voters from participating parties may vote.Party affiliation required to vote in the primary.

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Who Can Vote Absentee in New Mexico

Absentee voting by mail or in person

  • Voters may cast an absentee ballot or vote in person in the county clerk's office during regular business hours starting 28 days prior to an election.
  • No excuse is required to vote with an absentee ballot. You may request an absentee ballot from any County Clerk's Office. Any voter or organization may request the New Mexico absentee ballot application by mail, telephone, or in person. However, the information on the form may not be altered or re-arranged. You must complete the application on your own.
  • The county clerk must receive the New Mexico absentee ballot application no later than 5:00 pm on Friday before the election. The county clerk must either mail the ballot or notify you with the reason why the application was not accepted within 24 hours of receipt of the application.
  • 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.
  • A member of your immediate family or your caregiver may hand-deliver your absentee ballot to the county clerk. An unrelated third party may not deliver another voter's absentee ballot. Ballots must be returned to the county clerk or voter's precinct before 7:00 pm on Election Day to be counted.

  • In order to request an absentee ballot by mail:
  • Download an Absentee Ballot Application Here. http://www.sos.state.nm.us/uploads/files/NMAV-1-10-16.pdf
  • Mail your Absentee Ballot Application to your County Clerk's Office.

The County Clerk's Office will process your application and send you a ballot in the mail. You will then fill out the ballot and return to the clerk's office no later than 7:00 PM on Election Day. If you are sent an absentee ballot in the mail you will not be allowed to vote at the polls on Election Day.

Learn more about Voting By Absentee Ballot In New Mexico

What If My Address Has Changed

Do I need to change my registration if I move? Even if I move to a different address in the same city?

  • Yes, the content of your ballot including districted offices, bond questions, and other types of ballot contests is directly associated with the precinct of your physical address of registration.

College students

  • At School. Students can establish residency in New Mexico if they have the intention to remain at their New Mexico school address for the time being, and they intend to make it their principal home. Any other interpretation of the residency laws is unconstitutional. You are able to register to vote in the community where you attend school even if you leave for the summer or live in a dorm.[9] Your intent to remain can be shown by: where your car is registered; where you filed your taxes; the address on your driver’s license; where you keep your belongings; and your willingness to take an oath that you are a resident.[10] Voting in New Mexico may be considered a declaration of residency, potentially making you subject to other laws that govern state residents.

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When Is The Next Election?

Upcoming Elections Calendar - Election dates and deadlines - Check New Mexico upcoming elections schedule

Poll Hours: 7:00 AM-7:00 PM

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

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use voterview.state.nm.us to view your Political Party association, Polling Place Location, and the Election Districts you're eligible to vote within. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: New Mexico does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

On election day a voter may absent himself from employment in which he is engaged for two hours for the purpose of voting between the time of opening and the time of closing the polls. The voter shall not be liable to any penalty for such absence; however, the employer may specify the hours during this period in which the voter may be absent.

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