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Voting in New Mexico

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New Mexico allows no-excuse early voting and no-excuse absentee voting.

For full information about voting in New Mexico, contact your state election agency.

Registration

To vote in New Mexico, you must be:[1]

  • 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[2]

—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.[1]

  • 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.[2]

—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.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of March 2015, New Mexico is one of 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.[3]

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

A voter must show identification only if he or she mailed his or her registration application and did not provide verification of his or her identification at that time. Valid forms of identification include photo and non-photo IDs.[4]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In New Mexico, all polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Mountain Time on Election Day.[5]

Primary voting

New Mexico utilizes a strictly closed primary process, in which the selection of a party's candidates in an election is limited to registered party members.[6][7][8]

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting

Eligibility

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in New Mexico. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[9]

Deadlines

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.[9]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

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.[10]

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See also

Elections in New Mexico

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