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Voting 101

The State League (LWV New Mexico) has prepared a brief guide to voting in New Mexico. You can view or download it here (PDF, 256KB).

Candidates for June 3 Primary

The Secretary of State has the list of candidates running for office from the various parties, and other election information online. There are not that many races that are contested (that is, more than one person from the same party is running), which makes the ballot extremely short, by New Mexico standards. Only candidates are on the Primary ballot - no ballot issues, etc. - and candidates are from only one party. Nonetheless, this is an extremely important election, whose results can determine whether your favored candidate will win in November.

General Election November 4
Primary Election June 3

This fall, there will be an election for US Congress, one US Senator, the Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor, all members of the New Mexico House, and many other judicial elections, county and district elections. There may also be ballot issues, such as state bonds, constitutional amendments, etc.

In order to decide which candidates from the major parties will be on the Fall ballot, there will be a Primary Election on June 3. Each party that is running candidates has its own ballot. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED AS A MEMBER OF THAT PARTY TO VOTE IN ITS PRIMARY. If your voter registration does not specify either "Republican" or "Democratic", you will not be able to vote in the Primary.

Stay informed by checking the League websites! The LWV New Mexico site will be posting an online-only Voters' Guide in time for fall early voting and consisting only of the state-wide offices. LWV Central New Mexico will have its Voters' Guide online, in webpage and PDF form, and will be distributing hardcopies to the usual libraries, senior centers, and many local businesses.

Important Dates for the General Election
Date Description
The General Election includes candidates at the federal, state, county and local levels. Anyone who is registered may vote, and you may vote for any candidates you choose, regardless of which party (if any) you are registered under.
Primary Election
In cases where multiple candidates from the same political party are competing for the same office, voters will decide which of the candidates will appear on the ballot for the fall General election. This is an extremely important election! Only voters who have declared a political party on their voter registration are permitted to vote, and only in their party's primary. Anyone who is registered as "Independent" or "Undecided" or "Decline to State" is NOT allowed to vote. You can update your voter registration up until May 6.
May 6Last day to register to vote or change your registration information
May 6 Early Voting at County Clerk Offices and Absentee Voting starts
May 17 Early in-person voting at Vote Centers starts
May 30Absentee voting ends
May 31Early Voting ends
June 3Primary Election Day: only voters registered under a political party which is holding a primary are allowed to vote
Fall General Election
All registered voters of any, all, or no political party can participate in the General Election. The League of Women Voters will be publishing Voters' Guides before the start of early voting.
October 1LWV New Mexico Voters' Guide published online (only)
October 7Last Day to Register or Re-register to Vote. After this, voter registration will close until after the election
October 7Absentee and absentee-in-person voting opens. Absentee ballots are available by mail by request - absentee ballots are no longer sent out automatically! Early in-person voting by absentee ballot opens.
October 31Absentee voting ends
November 1Early voting ends

Voting Locations

Bernalillo County

Early voting will take place at Vote Centers. For a list, map, and hours, please visit bernco.gov/Elections/.

Sandoval County

Hours and locations are somewhat complex, as described in the table, below.


Absentee Voting By Mail

May 6-308am to 5pm, Mon-Fri Sandoval County Administration Bldg D, 1500 idalia Rd, Bernalillo

Absentee In Person

May 6-308am to 4pm mon-Fri Sandoval County Transit Center Bldg C, 1500 Idalia Rd, Rio Rancho

Absentee In Person

May 31Saturday,10am-7pm Sandoval County Transit Center Bldg C, 1500 Idalia Rd, Rio Rancho

Early Voting

May 17-3110am-7pm, Mon-Sat Voting Machine Warehouse, 800 South Hill Rd, Bernalillo
May 17-3110am-7pm, Mon-Sat Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle, Rio Rancho
May 17-3110am-7pm, Mon-Sat Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, Rio Rancho
May 17-3110am-7pm, Mon-Sat SSCAFCA Office Building, 1041 Commercial Dr, Rio Rancho
May 17-3110am-7pm, Mon-Sat Sabana Grande Rec Center, 4120 Sabina Grande Blvd, Rio Rancho
May 17-3110am-7pm, Mon-Sat Corrales Community Center, 4326 Corrales Rd, Corrales

Pueblo Early Voting

May 19-20110am-7pm, Mon & Tues Zia Pueblo Community Center, 135 Capital Square Drive, Zia Pueblo
May 19-2010am-7pm, Mon-Sat Santa Ana Pueblo Community Center, 2 Dove Road, Santa Ana Pueblo
May 22-2310am-7pm, Thurs & Fri Cochiti Pueblo Community Center, 255 Cochiti St, Cochiti Pueblo
May 22-2310am-7pm, Thurs & Fri Santo Domingo Pueblo Community Center, Tesuque St, Santo Domingo Pueblo
May 2710am-7pm, Tuesday Torreon Chapter House, Highway 197, Torreon
May 2710am-7pm, Tuesday Ojo Encino Chapter House, HCR 79, Box 1500, Ojo Encino
May 28-2910am-7pm, Thurs & Fri Jemez Pueblo Civic Center, 5117 Highway 4, Jemez Pueblo
May 28-2910am-7pm, Thurs & Fri San Felipe Pueblo Senior Center, 5 Cedar Rd, San Felipe Pueblo

Voter Registration

You must be registered in order to vote. If you have moved, changed your address, your name, or your party affiliation, you will need to re-register in order to vote.

You can check your registration status by contacting your local County Clerk's office and numerous other locations listed on www.sos.state.nm.us.

Who may vote in New Mexico? Voters must be U.S. citizens, must be at least eighteen on or before election day, and must reside in New Mexico. Application may be made in person or by mail, but note the identification requirements for applications made by mail.

Where do I register? You can register at your County Clerk's office, or pick up a voter registration form at any public library, Department of Motor Vehicles office, or public assistance office. Voter registration drives are conducted by organizations such as the League of Women Voters, the political parties, various advocacy groups, and by individuals who are trained voter registrars.

How Can I Tell if I'm Registered? You can call your County Clerk's office, or check online at the Secretary of State's Voter View web page.

Voter Identification For mail-in registration application, if the applicant is registering for the first time in New Mexico, the applicant must submit, together with his completed and signed application form, a copy of one of the following types of identification showing both the name and the NM address of the applicant:

If the applicant has not submitted the required identification before the election, s/he may be required to do so when voting for the first time, whether in person or absentee.

Where can I get more information? Visit the website of the New Mexico Secretary of State. This page includes links to check the status of your provisional ballot, if one was required, as well as sample ballots for the 2012 Primary and General Elections. Voters may also look up their voter registration information using VoterView.

Verify your voter registration status.

Problems voting? Call one of these hotlines:

or visit www.866OurVote.org.

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Voter Registration

For more information about registering to vote, the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office can be reached at

The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office can be reached at