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VOTER REGISTRATION

Registration Deadline: Voter registration closes 28 days prior to an election. Hand-delivered voter registrations should be taken directly to the county clerk and may be delivered until the Friday after the close of registration. Registration is permanent in New Mexico as long as you do not move, change your name or party affiliation.

Party Affiliation: Parties may choose to allow for semi-closed elections if they make a change to their party rules; however, as of now, the primaries remain closed. Voters must be registered with the party they vote for in the primary.


VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS

Age:Must be 18 years or older at the time of the next election.

Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen

Residency: Must be a resident of New Mexico

Mental Competency: Must not be legally declared mentally incapacitated

Felony Convictions: Must not be a convicted felon, or a felon who has completed all of the terms and conditons of sentencing

ID Requirements: If you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, then you must submit with the form a copy of
   -a current and valid photo identification or;
   -a current utility bill; 
   -bank statement;
   -government check; 
   -paycheck;
   -student identification card;
   -identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo; or
   -other government document that shows your name and current address.
  If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you would be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.


OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM

Online: National Voter Registration Application. New Mexico does not make their state-specific form online.

In person: The New Mexico Certificate of Registration Form is available at
   -any county clerk's office;
   -the Office of the Secretary of State;
   -many state agencies that serve specific clients at those offices such as motor vehicle offices; or
   -offices offering public assistance.

By mail/ in writing: A voter may request the New Mexico form by mail by contacting their local County Clerk's office.

Other Voter Registration Application Information: If you are a voter who wishes to hide your address when registering click here.


VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS

Online: New Mexico voter registration verification

Phone: Contact County Clerk's Office


ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS

Who can vote absentee:
No excuse is required to vote with an absentee ballot


OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Online: New Mexico absentee voter ballot

In person:
You may apply for an absentee ballot at your county clerks office

By mail: You may download the application or obtain a ballot from your county clerks and mail it to your County Clerk by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election.

Military and overseas voting: If you are a military or overseas voter, you may transmit your absentee ballot by facsimile or scanned document to your county clerk. You must sign and transmit a waiver of secrecy form that will be provided by the county clerk (Section 1-6-4.1 (D), NMSA 1978). For more information please go to: http://www.fvap.gov/

Emergency Voting: If you become ill after the period for absentee balloting and are unable to go to the polls, you may request a ballot in writing. Your request must also be signed by your health care provider. Your ballot will be given to the person who presented the request to the county clerk and shall be returned by the same person (Section 1-6-16.2, NMSA 1978).

Other absentee ballot information: The county clerk must receive the New Mexico absentee ballot application by any method(facsimile and scanned included) no later than 5:00 p.m. on Friday, before the election. The county clerk must either mail the ballot or notify you with the reason why the application was not accepted, within 24 hours of receipt of the application.


SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT

Location and time: A member of your immediate family or your caregiver may hand-deliver your absentee ballot to the county clerk. An unrelated third party may not deliver another voter's absentee ballot. Ballots must be returned to the county clerk or voter's precinct before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.

Other absentee ballot submission information: If you apply for an absentee ballot and receive it, you must vote that ballot. You will not be issued another ballot if the original ballot is destroyed, discarded or delivered to the polls unvoted. If you apply for, but do not receive the absentee ballot, you may go to the county clerk's office until Monday, before the election and apply for a replacement ballot for the election. You may also go to your polling place and vote on a paper ballot, in lieu of an absentee ballot on Election Day. You will be required to sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you did not receive your ballot.


EARLY VOTING

Early voting qualifications: You may also vote early in-person, instead of voting by mail. You may go to your county clerk's office beginning the 28th day before the election and vote on either a paper ballot or electronic voting machine.

Other information for early voting: Early voting at alternate sites begins on the third Saturday before the election. Call your county clerk for locations. Alternate sites may have extended or various hours but must at least be open from 12:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday. These sites are closed on Sunday and Monday. Early voting ends the Saturday before the election.


QUALIFICATIONS

Verifying Registration: New Mexico voter registration verification

Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/

Time off to vote: Employees whose work day begins within 2 hours of the polls opening and ends less than 3 hours before polls close are entitled to up to 2 paid hours leave to vote. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.

Polling Place: Polling locations map. If unavailable, contact your county clerk.

ID Requirements: You do not have to present a photo ID at the polling place. However if you have registered for the first time without submitting one of the following identification methods you must present one of the following forms of identification to vote.
   -a current and valid photo identification;
   -a current utility bill;
   -bank statement;
   -government check;
   -paycheck;
   -student identification card;
   -identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo; or
   -other government document that shows your name and current address.

How to Vote: New Mexico voter Bill of Rights

Getting your vote counted: New Mexico uses paper ballots that are scanned on an optical scan tabulating system. This system is used for early voting, absentee voting and election-day at each polling location. New Mexico's voting equipment is uniform state-wide: Election Systems and Software(ES&S) M-100 and M650 Tabulators, and AutoMARK (ADA Compliant).

Problems with voting: To report complaints call the Office of the Secretary of State 1-800-477-3632

Verifying provisional ballot status: Click here to check the status of your Provisional Vote or call 1.877.7BALLOT (1.877.722.5568)

Verifying absentee ballot status: If you apply for, but do not receive the absentee ballot, you may go to the county clerk's office until Monday, before the election and apply for a replacement ballot for the election.

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