New Mexico Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated March 22, 2016
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter registration form: Postmarked 28 days before the election
  • Absentee ballot application: Received by 5:00 p.m. on the Friday before the election
  • Absentee ballot due: Received by 7:00 pm on Election Day

How to vote by absentee ballot

Register to vote

Use our Voter Registration Tool. Enter your information, print and sign the completed form, and mail it to the address printed on the form.  For faster processing, you can mail the form directly to your County Clerk's Office.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot.  If there's a problem with your registration, register again before proceeding.

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Good news! Any registered New Mexico voter may vote by absentee ballot!

Download and complete the New Mexico absentee ballot application.  Mail your completed application to your County Clerk.  If you're application is denied for some reason, the County Clerk will notify you in writing.

Receive, complete, and return your absentee ballot

This one is pretty straightforward. Vote your ballot, seal it, sign the envelope, and mail your completed ballot back to your County Clerk. A member of your immediate family or your caregiver may also hand-deliver your absentee ballot to the County Clerk. Your ballot must be received by your County Clerk before 7pm on election day to be counted.

Additional Information

State Elections Website:
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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