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New Mexico

Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines and Election Dates

Voter Registration Deadline: 28th day before Election Day.

For statewide elections, same day registration is available at your county clerk's office during normal business hours and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Saturday before Election Day, and at your voting place on Election Day. Contact your county clerk for more information and same day registration locations.

2024 Election Information

Primary Election: June 4, 2024

  • Voter Registration Deadline: May 7

  • Mail-in Ballot Application Deadline: May 21

General Election: November 5, 2024

  • Voter Registration Deadline: October 8

  • Mail-in Ballot Application Deadline: October 22

Official Election Websites

Register at School or Home

Students have a decision about where to register to vote.

You have a right to register to vote at the address you consider the place where you live, whether that is your family's home or the place where you attend school. You should update your registration anytime this home address changes.

You may only be registered and vote in one location.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?

Online Registration: New Mexico’s online registration form requires your New Mexico driver’s license or state ID number and your full Social Security number.

Paper Registration Form: The paper form requires your driver’s license or state ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Same Day Registration: Voters who want to register and vote on the same day will need to bring a form of identification that meets the following criteria:

  • Issued by the federal government, a state government, an educational institution, or a federally recognized Indian nation, tribe, or pueblo;

  • Contains the name of the elector;

  • Contains a photograph of the elector;

  • Either contains an address that matches the certificate of registration OR the elector must supply a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or other document issued by an educational institution that is dated within 90 days of the elector registering to vote that contains the elector’s name.

Examples of identification documents that meet the above requirements include:

  • A New Mexico driver's license or New Mexico identification card;

  • Any document that contains an address in the county together with a photo identification card; or

  • A current valid student photo identification card from a post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico accompanied by a current student fee statement that contains the student's address in the county.

What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?

New Mexico does not require an ID to vote, though some municipalities do require ID to vote in city elections. Contact your county clerk's office to determine whether you will need to present ID to vote in local elections.

Where Do I Vote?

Make a plan. Check your voter registration and absentee ballot status and look up your voting site and hours at:

How Can I Vote?

By Mail: Any registered New Mexico voter may vote by mail. You may request an absentee ballot by contacting or visiting your county’ clerk's office, filling out an online application, or by mailing or hand-delivering a paper application to your county clerk’s office.

  • Mail-in Ballot Application Deadline: All absentee ballot applications must be submitted no later than 14 days prior to Election Day.

  • Completed Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline: Completed absentee ballots must be received by your county clerk’s office by 7 p.m. on Election Day. You may return your absentee ballot by mail, or in-person at the county clerk's office, any Election Day polling place, or an established drop box.

Voters who are blind or visually impaired may receive their ballot electronically. More information is available at:

Early In-person: Early voting at alternate sites begins 28 days before Election Day and ends on the Saturday before Election Day. Contact your county clerk’s office or visit for locations and times.

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 have the right to vote.

Common Questions/Concerns

Does Registering to Vote Affect my 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.

Does Registering to Vote Affect my Status as a Dependent on My 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.

Does Registering to Vote impact my 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?

As a new resident of New Mexico, you may be required to obtain a New Mexico driver's license and update your car's registration, regardless of whether you register to vote there. For more information, you may wish to contact the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division.

Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein to be used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed New Mexico legal professional.

Last updated May 2024

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