Key Websites For Voting Information
New Mexico Secretary of State: Voter information portal (comprehensive, one-stop voting information)
Voter registration (new voters or update your information; requires birthday, driver's license or state ID number, social security number)
Look up your voter information (requires name, birthday, county)
Important dates – 2022 General Election
New Mexico wants every eligible citizen to vote and provides a variety of ways to vote: vote in-person on election day; early voting at select locations; and by mail (absentee ballot). But you must be registered to vote and you should make sure your voting information is up-to-date.
The online absentee portal for the 2022 Primary Election will be made available after April 12, 2022, when the Runoff Elections for the 2022 Municipal Officer Election are complete. Requests for absentee ballots for the primary election can currently be made using the paper application.
October 11: Voter registration (by mail or online) closes.
October 11: First day that absentee ballots can be mailed to voters (who have submitted an absentee application), and first day of Early Voting (at the county clerk’s office).
October 15: Expanded Early Voting begins at alternate voting locations.
November 3: Last day to request an absentee ballot.
November 5: Last day of early voting.
November 8: General Election Day.
Qualifications: you must be a US citizen, a resident of New Mexico, and at least 18 years old by election day. If you are not sure if you are registered or not, check here.
Online registration: Use this portal to update your voter registration or register for the first time in NM. You will need to provide the following information, and it must match what is on record: name, date of birth, social security number, driver's license or state ID. You can register online any time, but there are cut-off dates for each election.
In-person registration: There is no same-day registration on Election Day in New Mexico. But it is possible to register in person after the deadline. This varies from county to county, so check your County Clerk's office.
Vote by mail / Absentee ballot
No excuse is required to request and submit an absentee ballot. However, once you request an absentee ballot, you can no longer vote in person.
Request an Absentee Ballot: Some county clerks will automatically send absentee ballot requests to all registered voters in that county. Check with your County Clerk's Office. You should consider possible mail delays. You can also…
- Request an absentee ballot online.
- Download an absentee ballot application and mail/hand deliver it to your County Clerk’s Office.
- Contact your County Clerk’s Office in person, phone, mail or email.
If you did not receive your absentee ballot, contact your County Clerk’s Office before the actual election day.
Return your Absentee Ballot: County Clerk's offices will mail ballots to those voters who requested them. Once you have requested an absentee ballot, it is no longer an option to vote in person. Be sure to follow all instructions, as improperly sealed ballots or those that lack signatures may be deemed invalid. You can return them in the following ways:
- Mail it in the envelope provided. The post office recommends you mail the ballot 14 days before the election.
- Return it a dropbox at your County Clerk's Office or other locations provided by your county.
- At a dropbox at any polling place (early voting or election day).
- A caregiver or immediate family may deliver a voter’s absentee ballot in person or by mail.
Check the status of your absentee ballot here.
Early in-person voting
You may vote early in-person at dates and locations determined by your County Clerk. For a list of all voting places, including absentee ballot drop boxes and early voting, enter your information in the Secretary of State's Voter Services page. At this portal, you can also view a sample ballot and check your voting status. The early voting period varies by location, so please check your County Clerk's Office.
- Vote at your county clerk’s office beginning October 11
- Expanded early voting in many counties beginning October 22
- Early voting ends the Saturday before the election - November 5
Election day voting
Regular election-day voting locations are determined by your County Clerk. For a list of all voting places, including absentee ballot drop boxes and early voting, enter your information in the Secretary of State's Voter Services page (and view a sample ballot or check your voting status). You can also drop off un-mailed absentee ballots.
Provisional voting: Provisional ballots are for voters who believe they are registered but their registration can’t be found. You will be issued a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the roster at your polling place or if you are a first time voter who registered by mail and did not provide the required identification.
Intimidation: If you witness or are a victim of intimidation or discriminatory conduct, you should report it to the Secretary of State's Office.
New Mexico Secretary of State Voter information portal
Common Cause has a set of voter tools if this information does not address your question.
The New Mexico League of Women Voters provides local voting information, including an unbiased election guide.
When We All Vote offers motivation, encouragement, and features Michelle Obama as a co-chair.
Why are voting rights not just a lawful right, but a privilege?
Why is your right to exercise your vote and make your voice heard vital?
Read Sharon King's article on Pivotal Moments of the Development of the Voting Rights Act.