Voting in New Mexico
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To vote in New Mexico, you 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
When and where
You must register at least 28 days prior to the election in order to vote. There are two forms that may be used to register, the New Mexico Certificate of Registration form or the National Voter Registration Form. They can be acquired in the following ways:
- The New Mexico Certificate of Registration Form ("New Mexico Form") is available at any county clerk's office, the Office of the Secretary of State, or many state agencies that serve specific clients at those offices such as motor vehicle offices (Section 1-4-5.1, 1-4-5.2, NMSA 1978) and offices offering public assistance.
- A voter may request the New Mexico form by mail, telephone, or in person. The New Mexico form is on cardstock, is a permanent record and is not available online. It may not be duplicated.
- The National Voter Registration Form ("National Form") is available online at www.aec.gov. This form may be downloaded or duplicated by any voter or organization.
If it is your first time registering you must attach a current form of identification.
As of November 2014, New Mexico is one of the 35 states that have not implemented online voter registration. In 2013, New Mexico passed a law which authorizes a system by which voters may update existing records electronically. The system has not yet been implemented.
Voting on election day
Voters are asked for their ID if they are first time New Mexico voters who mailed in their registration application and did not provide verification of their identification.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
- See also: Absentee voting
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in New Mexico. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
The county clerk must receive the absentee ballot application no later than 5 p.m. on Friday before the election. Ballots must be returned to the county clerk or voter's precinct before 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
- See also: Early voting
New Mexico is one of 34 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins on the third Saturday (17 days) before the election and ends on the Saturday (three days) prior to election day. The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Voter Registration Information," accessed June 10, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures, "Electronic (or Online) Voter Registration," accessed April 20, 2013
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Voter FAQs," accessed June 10, 2014
- Vote411.org, "Voting In New Mexico," accessed January 3, 2014
- National Conference of State Legislatures Website, "State Primary Election Types," accessed January 6, 2014
- Fair Vote, "Congressional and Presidential Primaries: Open, Closed, Semi-Closed, and 'Top Two,'" accessed January 6, 2014
- Ballotpedia research conducted December 26, 2013 through January 3, 2014 researching and analyzing various state websites and codes.
- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Absentee and Early Voting," accessed December 16, 2013
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