Voting qualifications. New Mexico has no length of residency requirement. Any
person who is a citizen of the United States and 18 years old on or before the day of an
election may register to vote. Registration must be completed 28 days before that
You may register to vote with any authorized registrar within the county in which you
reside, at the Motor Vehicle Department, any state agency providing public assistance or
assistance to the disabled, state offices serving veterans, and many public libraries,
colleges, and universities. The county clerks office (Chaves 624-6614) can furnish
names of deputy registration officers convenient to your address. You also may contact
your county clerk or the secretary of states office and request a mail-in
certificate of registration.
You must re-register if you: Legally changed your name (by marriage or
Changed your residence.
Changed your party affiliation.
Special Assistance. In registering to vote and casting a ballot in person,
physically challenged individuals may be assisted by a person of their choice.
Absentee (Early) Voting. You may vote absentee for all county and state
elections by applying to the office of the county clerk in which you reside. The time to
apply for an absenttee ballot varies from election to election. Contact the county clerk
for further information. Rules for absentee ballots for municipal and
school elections may vary. The county clerks office has that information as well.
Early voting in the county clerks office or by mail begins 20 days prior to the
election and ends at 5 p.m. on the Saturday before the election.
EXCEPTIONS. Voters such as physically challenged individuals who are unable to
register or vote in person at authorized locations, members of the armed forces and their
families stationed overseas, and individuals who suffer an emergency such as
hospitalization shortly before an election may contact their county clerks office
for information on special procedures.
Election Calendar. Primary elections are held the first Tuesday in June of each
even-numbered year. General elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in
November of each even-numbered year.
Party Affiliation. New Mexico has closed primary elections. In order to vote in
a primary, a voter must declare party affiliation with one of the major political parties
at the time of registration.
A registered voter who wishes to change party affiliation in time to vote in a primary
election must do so 28 days before that election.
For information on affiliating with the major political parties call:
Democratic Party of NM 254-1010
Republican Party of NM 298-3662
Green Party of NM 473-7737
For information on other active political parties in New Mexico, call the office of the
secretary of state at (800)477-3632.