Voting in New Mexico
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For full information about voting in New Mexico, contact your state election agency.
To vote in New Mexico, you must be:
—New Mexico Secretary of State Dianna J. Duran
When and where
You must register at least 28 days prior to the election in order to vote. Either New Mexico Certificate of Registration form or the National Voter Registration Form may be used to register.
—New Mexico Secretary of State
Once acquired, the forms can be mailed in to an election official's office. If it is your first time registering, you must attach a current form of identification.
As of January 2015, New Mexico is one of the 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration. In 2013, New Mexico passed a law authorizing a system by which voters may update existing voter registration records electronically. As of January 2015, the system had not yet been implemented.
Voting on Election Day
Voters are only asked for identification if they are first-time New Mexico voters who mailed in their registration applications and did not provide identification at that time.
- 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 regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.
- See also: Early voting
New Mexico is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permits some form of early voting. Early voting begins on the third Saturday (17 days) before the election and ends on the Saturday (three days) prior to Election Day.
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Elections in New Mexico
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- New Mexico Secretary of State, "Voter Registration Information," accessed June 10, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- 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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