About the Primary Election

About the primary election

  • This is a primary election. Only voters registered as a member of a recognized party can vote.
  • If you registered as ‘Decline to State’ you cannot vote in the primary.
  • You can register at any time at NMVote.org However, you have missed the deadline to vote in the primary election.
  • If you need information about the candidates, VOTE411.org The League went to a lot of trouble to put together this online guide and we would appreciate it if you would take a look.
Time to begin looking for your absentee ballot request

Absentee Voting

  • Absentee voting is the quickest and easiest way to vote in this election.
  • Look for your absentee ballot request form in the mail, starting May 5. This year all everyone registered with a recognized party will get one, whether you ask or not.
  • Return the request form immediately and you will be sent a ballot. Don’t forget to fill out your year of birth. It’s a security measure, not an invasion of your privacy. If you don’t fill out your year of birth, and sign the request form you will not receive a ballot.
  • If you don’t get an absentee ballot request form, go to NMVote.org and check to see whether your registration address is correct.
  • If it is, call the clerk’s office or vote in person.
  • If it isn’t, the easiest thing is to correct your address, then go vote in person. This is your bad, not the county clerks.
  • Your ballot must arrive at the office of the county clerk by the end of business on June 2.
  • If you worry about the clerk receiving it in time, drop it off at any early or election day polling center.

In Person Voting

  • May 5 is the first day of early in-person voting at Early Voting Centers.
  • The Early Voting Centers in Bernalillo, Sandoval, Torrance and Valencia counties are posted on the websites of county clerks.
  • Expect to be treated as though you are contagious.
  • Masks are mandatory. If you don’t have one, you will be given one before you vote.
  • You will be asked to wash your hands or use hand sanitizer before you enter the building.
  • Social distancing is in effect, so you may have to wait outside in the sun on the sidewalk (with your hopefully not contagious fellow citizens) or in your car in the parking lot.

No matter how you choose to exercise your rights, please remember to actually vote. New Mexico needs you to participate in our democracy.

This year though, please just take the path of least resistance and vote absentee.