Guide to Voting
1. Voter registration
Deadline to Register/update: OCTOBER 6, 2020
*** Same-Day Voter Registration: If you wish to register to vote or update your existing registration you can do so only at your County Clerk’s office until the Saturday before the Election. (Section 1-4-5.7 NMSA 1978).
2. Check Your registration
Why check your registration? Your address is where election officials send notices, application forms to receive your ballot in the mail, and more. Additionally, poll workers will check if the address on your voter registration matches the address on your ID at the polls.
Check and Update Registration Here:
- Is your name spelled correctly? (Correct hyphenations, middle initials, etc)
- Correct Address
- Active Voter Status (if not update by sending in another online/mail voter application)
- Correct Date of Birth
- Correct Political Party preference
3. Order your mail ballot
Deadline for absentee mail ballot application: Must be received by October 20, 2020 5pm
We recommend requesting your advance mail ballot as soon as possible and well in advance of this deadline in order to ensure that you receive your ballot in time.
Request Mail-In Ballot Here:
Deadline to return absentee mail Ballot:
on or before nov 3, 2020 7pm
All absentee ballots may be returned to the County Clerk’s Office or any Election Day polling location no later than 7:00 PM on Tuesday, November 3, 2020 – Election Day.
- County Clerk Location: https://www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voter-information-portal/county-clerk-information/
- Polling Location: https://voterportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us/WhereToVoteAddress.aspx
Surrendering Your Absentee Ballot:
New Mexico Does have the surrender rule. Bring your unvoted mail ballot to your polling location. You will be asked to execute an affidavit stating that the person did not and will not vote the mailed ballot that was issued. (Section 1-6-16 (A) NMSA 1978
If you did not receive your absentee ballot:
- If you apply for, but do not receive the absentee ballot, you may apply for a replacement absentee ballot by communicating with the county clerk and requesting a replacement mailed ballot be delivered to the voter; and executes an affidavit and the county clerk has voided the mailed ballot previously issued to the voter. (Section 1-6-16 (B), NMSA 1978).
- You may also go to your polling place and vote on a replacement absentee ballot on Election Day, after signing an affidavit of non-receipt of absentee ballot (Section 1-6-16.1(A), NMSA 1978).
- In both cases, you will be required to sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you did not receive your ballot.
4. Early voting information
- Early in-person is available in your county clerk’s office beginning the 28th day before the election. October 6, 2020.
- Expanded early voting is available in many counties beginning on the third Saturday before the election. To find your location visit: https://voterportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us/WhereToVoteAddress.aspx
- For polling locations, dates and hours of operation contact your county clerk. To find your county clerk’s contact information visit: https://www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voter-information-portal/county-clerk-information/
- Voters can cast a ballot early at the county clerk’s office during regular business hours up to 28 days prior to Election Day and from 10AM-6:00PM on the Saturday immediately prior to Election Day. If a county clerk establishes satellite locations, those will be available from the third Saturday prior to a statewide Election until the Saturday before the statewide election.
- Alternate locations must be open no earlier than 7:00AM and no later then 9:00PM, for at least eight consecutive hours. The number of alternative sites a clerk must set up depend on the population of the county.
- For frequently asked questions regarding voting in New Mexico visit: https://www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voting-faqs/
- For more information regarding federal, state and local elections contact your state election official online: https://www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voter-information-portal/ or contact New Mexico Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver 1.800.477.3632.
5. Be a poll worker
- Become a poll worker! Election offices are expecting shortages in poll workers due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Poll workers must be 16 years old or over, and a registered voter (if 18 or older) in their county
To Sign Up Contact Your County Clerk:
6. Additional Questions?