Voting Guide

Voter Registration Deadline: Close of business on the 28th day before Election Day

  • Note: Effective in 2021, you will automatically be registered to vote when you obtain or renew a driver’s license from the New Mexico DMV, unless you opt out, and you will be able to register or change your address on Election Day.



  • Primary Election Registration Deadline: May 5

  • Primary Election: June 2

  • General Election Registration Deadline: October 6

  • General Election: November 3

Students have a choice about where to register to vote.


Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.


You may only be registered and vote in one location.

New Mexico’s registration form requires you to put down your full Social Security Number. If you are registering to vote for the first time in New Mexico and you submit the registration form by mail (not in person at the clerk’s office), you need to include a copy of an ID with your registration form OR include a copy of an ID with your absentee ballot OR present the physical ID at the polls. The acceptable forms of ID include: (1) an original or copy of a photo identification issued by a government or educational institution ; or (2) an original or copy of a current 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. If you present this identification at the polls, the address on your ID is not required to match the address on your certificate of registration. Contact your county clerk if you have questions.

Most New Mexico voters do not need to show ID in order to vote in person at the polls or by absentee ballot. Only first-time voters who registered to vote by mail without providing a copy of one of the above forms of ID will need to present ID before voting. If you do not have a valid ID, you may cast a provisional ballot. Your ballot will be counted if you provide a valid ID to the county clerk’s office before 5 p.m. on the second day following the election.

Some municipal jurisdictions have a voter identification requirement. Be sure to check your jurisdiction’s requirements before Election Day.

Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: http://polling.sks.com/

By Mail

  • Any registered New Mexico voter may vote by mail starting 28 days before Election Day. No excuse is needed.

  • You may request an absentee ballot online, or by mailing or hand-delivering a paper application to your county clerk’s office.

  • Absentee ballot applications must be received no later than the Thursday before Election Day.

  • If you are sent an absentee ballot in the mail but would prefer to vote at the polls on Election Day, you may do so after signing an affidavit stating that you did not and will not vote the mailed ballot.

  • Completed absentee ballots must be returned to the county clerk’s office or any Election Day polling location so that they are received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.


Early In-Person

  • Early voting at alternate sites begins 28 days before Election Day and runs until the Saturday before the election. Contact your county clerk’s office or visit NMVote.org for locations and times.


Election Day

  • A voter may cast a ballot in person at his/her assigned polling place or Voting Convenience Center (anywhere in the county) on Election Day.

  • Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time, then you must be allowed to vote.

Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:

  • Federal Financial Aid

    • Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA

  • Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes

    • Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes

  • Tuition Status

    • Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community


Will registering to vote in New Mexico affect my driver’s license or car registration?

  • Yes, registering to vote in New Mexico makes you a resident for the purposes of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Code, so you will be required to get a New Mexico driver’s license and register your car with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed North Carolina legal professional.
Last updated March 2019