- Absentee Ballot Process
- Candidate & Ballot Measure Information
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration?
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Overseas & Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Keep Elections Fair
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Voter Registration Deadlines
- Time Off to Vote
- Voting Machines
- Verify Voter Registration
- Fight Voter Fraud
Absentee Ballot Process
Can’t make it to the polls? Request an absentee ballot through your county clerk or online. NO EXPLANATION NECESSARY!
Be sure to return your absentee ballot to the county clerk’s office or to a polling location on or before Election Day. For other questions, check the Secretary of State Website.
Candidate & Ballot Measure Information
Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.
You may vote early at your County Clerks office beginning 28 days before an election. Early voting at alternate sites begins on the third Saturday before the election in many counties. Visit your county clerk’s website for locations. Early voting ends the Saturday before the election.
Early voting information may be found at this state website.
County Clerk Information can be found here.
Next Election : Primary
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
Online – Friday, May 8, 2020
By Mail – Friday May 8, 2020
In Person – Saturday, May 30, 2020
Tuesday, November 3, 2020
Online – Tuesday, October 6, 2020
By Mail – Tuesday, October 6, 2020
In Person – Saturday, October 31, 2020
Contact your local Board of Elections for information about local elections.
To be eligible to vote in New Mexico, you must be:
- 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 condition of sentencing.
- At least 18 years old. 17 year olds who will be 18 by the General Election may participate in the primary election. Voters must be at least 18 years old to participate in all other elections.
To determine if you qualify to have your voting rights restored following a felony conviction you can contact the NM Department of Corrections, Division of Parole and Porbation (505-827-8830) or a comparable agency in the state in which you were convicted.
ID Needed for Voter Registration?
If the voter registration application is submitted by mail and it is the first time you have registered in your county or in the state of New Mexico, you must submit a copy of a current valid photo ID or a copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. Submitting this identification information will allow you to avoid showing personal identification at your polling place on Election Day.
If you wish to register to vote online you will need a current or expired New Mexico State ID or driver’s license.
ID Needed for Voting?
No ID is needed for voting UNLESS you registered to vote for the first time by mail and did not provide a copy of a current and valid photo ID along with a current utility bill or bank statement, you will need to show some form of ID at the polls. Acceptable forms of ID are:
- An original or copy of a current and valid photo ID with or without an address (the address doesn’t need to match the address on your registration)
- Original or copy of a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student ID card or other government document, including ID issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and address (the address doesn’t need to match the address on your registration)
- Verbal or written statement by you (the voter) with your name, year of birth and registered address
If you cannot provide any of the above forms of ID you may vote a provisional ballot.
Overseas & Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker in New Mexico:
- You must be registered to vote in New Mexico
- You will be entitled to compensation
- You must be at least 18 years of age
- Political affiliation considered
- You must be a resident of the precinct
- You must complete required training
- Messengers and translators may also be appointed
To sign up, contact your local board of elections.
Keep Elections Fair
Polling Place Hours
Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Election Day.
Early Voting polling locations vary by county. Visit your County Clerks website for addition information. A list of county clerks can be found here.
Voters have until 5pm two days after the Election to provide proper identification for their provisional ballot to be counted.
Provisional voting is permitted and is eligible for verification if cast in correct jurisdiction. You will be issued a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the roster or you do not provide the required identification. You can check the status of your provisional ballot by contacting your county clerk’s office.
Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
You may request assistance in voting at the polls if you are blind, physically disabled, unable to read or write or a member of a language minority. Any person of your choice may assist you, except your employer, an agent of the employer, an officer or agent of your union, or a candidate whose name is on the ballot.
For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
Voter Registration Deadlines
Mailed and online registration closes 28 days before an election. However, it is now possible to register to vote, update your voter registration, and vote during early voting! In person registration occurs at select locations (including your county clerk office) through the Saturday before the Election.
You may register to vote online! You will your social security number and driver’s license number or state ID number in order to complete the form.
Time Off to Vote
Employers must grant employees up to two hours paid leave to vote, unless polls are open two consecutive hours before or three hours after regular working shift. The employer may designate the hours to be taken, but it may not include lunch or rest hours.
The voting machine systems used in New Mexico are optical scan.
New Mexico uses paper ballots that are scanned on an electronic optical scanning system. All elections in the state use this system.
All ballots, including absentee ballots, are the same. All are scanned into the opitical scanning system.