How to Register to Vote in for the Elections New Mexico
This article describes how to register to vote in New Mexico. New Mexico offers online voter registration. You can register to vote by mail in New Mexico by printing a copy of the National Voter Registration Form, filling it out, and mailing it to your local election office. You can also register to vote in person if you prefer.
Register to vote in New Mexico In-person
- You can also register to vote in person. The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 9. Contact your local election officefor information on when and where to register to vote.
- Learn more by visiting the Secretary of State for New Mexicoor contacting your local election official.
Who can vote
- To register in New Mexico you must be a citizen of the United States and be a resident of the State of New Mexico
- Must be 18 years of age at the time of the next election
- Not have been denied the right to vote by a court of law by reason of mental incapacity and, if convicted of a felony, have completed all conditions of probation or parole, served the entirety of a sentence or have been granted a pardon by the Governor.
Register to vote in New Mexico Online
- New Mexico offers online voter registration.
- You should know: you need a New Mexico ID and a Social Security number to use New Mexico’s online voter registration system. If you don’t have a New Mexico-issued ID, you can still register to vote by mail.
- You can register online until Tuesday, October 9.
Register to vote in New Mexico By-mail voter registration
- Print and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 – ID Number: Your full Social Security number is required. This registration card containing your Social Security number will become part of the permanent voter registration records of your locality, which are open to inspection by the public in the office of the county clerk. However, your Social Security number and date of birth will remain confidential and will not be disclosed to the public. Computerized listings of limited voter registration information (without Social Security number or birth date) are available to the general public, and are furnished upon request to incumbent election officeholders, candidates, political parties, courts and non‑profit organizations promoting voter participation and registration, for political purposes only (Sec.1-5-19B, NMSA 1978).
- Box 7 – Choice of Party: New Mexico requires that you register with a party to participate in partisan primary elections. You should register with the party whose primary you would like to vote in.
- Box 8 – Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
- Review the “Who can vote?” section above and check that you’re eligible.
- Sign the form.
- Send the completed form to your local election official. To register by mail, the form must be postmarked by Tuesday, October 9.
Military and overseas voters Register to vote in New Mexico
Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
- Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
- States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven’t received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
- You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
- If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in New Mexico.
Check your voter registration status
You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using New Mexico’s voter registration lookup tool.
Dates and deadlines
- Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
- The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 9. By mail is Tuesday, October 9. And, in person is Tuesday, October 9.
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