Voting Info from the Secretary of State
October 14: The Secretary of State has a new pamphlet with all the
information you need to know about voting in New Mexico:
2020 New Mexico General Election Voter Information Advisory (PDF).
During the COVID-19 Emergency, Consider Voting by Mail (Absentee)
Voting by Mail
Eligible registered voters can vote by mail.
Here is the process:
- The best thing to do is to go online to Voter Information Portal and apply for an absentee ballot. You will have to enter your NM-MVD driver's license number or identification card, the last four digits ofyour social security number, and date of birth. Your absentee ballot will be mailed to you.
- Some county clerks will be mailing applications for absentee ballots to all registered voters in their counties, but they are not required to do so. You may request an application for an absentee ballot from your county clerk. Voters must complete the application and return it to the county clerk. The deadline to submit an application for an absentee ballot is October 20.
- You may also download an absentee ballot application at www.nmvote.org and mail it to your county clerk.
information for all 33 county clerk offices.
County clerks can begin mailing the absentee ballots out on October 6. When you receive the actual ballot, fill it out and mail it back right away so as not to miss the election day deadline.
Each ballot has a unique code and must be returned in the privacy envelope provided. You must provide your signature in the format used on your original voter registration application and the last four digits of your social security number.
Mail your completed ballot to your county clerk by October 27 to
ensure that it arrives before 7pm on Election day;
or deposit it in a ballot drop box (check with your county clerk to find out where it is located);
or deliver it by hand to an election worker at a vote center before 7 p.m. on election day.
Information for all 33 county clerk offices.
- Tuesday, Oct. 6:
- Voter registration closes for online registration and registration by mail. County clerks can begin mailing absentee ballots.
- Tuesday, Oct. 20:
- Last day to request an absentee ballot.
- Tuesday, Oct. 6:
- Early Voting starts.
- Tuesday, Oct. 27:
- Recommended last day to mail absentee ballots.
- Saturday, Oct. 31:
- Early in-person voting ends.
- Tuesday, Nov. 3
- Election Day. Last day to drop off absentee ballots at a polling place.
Steps to complete your mail in ballot
1. When you receive your mail in ballot you will have:
- A ballot
- A secrecy envelope for the ballot
- A return-mailing envelope
2. Fill out the ballot. DO NOT SIGN OR PRINT YOUR NAME ON YOUR BALLOT.
Place the ballot inside the secrecy envelope and seal the envelope.
3. Place the secrecy envelope in the return-mailing envelope.
4. Complete the required information on the back of the return-mailing envelope:
- Print your name on the line that says, "Print Name Here".
- Put your signature on the line that says, "Sign Here".
- DO NOT REVERSE THESE LINES. PRINT AND SIGN YOUR NAME EXACTLY AS YOU SIGNED IT WHEN YOU REGISTERED TO VOTE.
- Enter the last four digits of your Social Security Number where indicated.
5. Seal the return-mailing envelope.
6. Put the sealed return-mailing envelope containing your ballot in a Drop Box (located at polling sites) or mail it right away.
YOU HAVE VOTED IN THE 2020 GENERAL ELECTION.
Voting In Person
Beginning on October 6 you may go to your county clerk’s office
or the designated vote center for your county
and vote in person.
Expanded early voting locations will open in each county beginning Saturday, October 17 and ending Saturday, October 31.
Election day is November 3.
Candidate and Ballot Information: LWVNM Voter Guide
Voter Guide: VOTE411.ORG.
The League of Women Voters promotes informed and active participation of citizens in government and produces non-partisan, comprehensive Voter Guides. The League of Women Voters does not support, oppose, or make recommendations regarding any political party or candidate. To help voters make informed choices, the League of Women Voters interviews candidates for most of the competitive races on key issues and prints their unedited responses. Summaries of proposed constitutional amendments and other ballot questions are also included in Voter Guides. Please check this website in early October of election years for the links to the statewide and local Voter Guides for Central New Mexico, Southern New Mexico, Los Alamos County, and Santa Fe County.
In 2020, our local leagues will prepare printed Voter Guides as they have in the past, but we also have a new
Voter Guide: VOTE411.ORG.
Archived older LWV Voter Guides:
Registering to Vote
Who’s eligible to vote in New Mexico?
- A U.S. citizen who is a New Mexico resident and at least 18 years old on Election Day.
- Someone who has not been denied the right to vote by a court of law because of mental incapacity.
- A person who is not a convicted felon or is a felon who has completed all of the terms and conditions of sentencing
You can register to vote online at www.nmvote.org.
- Supply your social security number, your driver’s license number or state identification number, and your date of birth, and you’re done. Online registration is safe, quick, and accurate.
- Normally, you can also register at your county clerk’s office, at a New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) site or public assistance or health office, or through a third-party registrar, but the pandemic has brought uncertainty. You can also print the national voter registration form online, fill it out and mail to the Secretary of State or your county clerk. Information for all 33 county clerk offices.
Newly registered voters who submitted the registration form by mail will need to submit some proof of ID when they vote:
- a current or expired New Mexico state identification; or
- a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address.
- Confirm that your current voter registration is up-to-date and your social security number is correct.
Find out what’s on your ballot, voting dates and locations as well as absentee ballot information.
- Update your registration if your legal name or address has changed. You can also declare a major political party and/or change your party affiliation.
Want to know what district you're in or who your legislators are?
Type your address into
Find My Legislator on the legislative website.
Or use the
Information Portal at the Secretary of State's office.
Just want to browse all the district maps? The LWVNM has interactive maps
and data for New Mexico's political districts: see
LWVNM District Maps.