New Mexico Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated November 14, 2013

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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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide ID when I register to vote in New Mexico?

Yes.  If you register by mail, you must include a copy of your identification with your voter registration application.  If you forget, you'll need to provide ID the first time you vote in person or by absentee ballot.

Acceptable forms of ID include: a current and valid photo identification with or without an address (the address does not need to match the one at which you registered to vote) OR a 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 address (the address does not need to match the one at which you're registering to vote).

Do I need to provide ID when I vote by absentee ballot in New Mexico?

You do not need to include ID if you've already voted in New Mexico at least once.  If you are a first-time voter and you forgot to include copies of your ID with your registration form, include them with your absentee ballot application. 

First-time voters who are voting absentee: If you don't meet the voter ID requirements when you register to vote, you'll be notified by mail and you will need to provide a copy of your identification with your absentee ballot. Acceptable forms of ID include: a current and valid photo identification with or without an address (the address does not need to match the one at which you registered to vote) OR a 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 address (the address does not need to match the one at which you're registering to vote).

Can I change my mind after I receive my absentee ballot and vote in person on election day in New Mexico?

No. Once you receive your absentee ballot, you cannot change your mind and vote in person on election day.

However, if you applied but never received your absentee ballot, you can go to your polling place and vote. You will be required to sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you did not receive your ballot.

Can I vote in person before the election in New Mexico?

Yes. Check out our Early Voting page for details.

Additional Information

State Elections Website: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/
Email: sos.elections@state.nm.us
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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