New Mexico


New Mexico. You have more PhD’s per capita than any other state—you’re smart! When you're not riding hot air balloons or staring at a Georgia O'Keefe painting, you're making our hearts race with your close elections. Case in point, the 2000 presidential election between Gore and Bush when it came down to just 366 votes. 366! So it doesn't take a PhD to realize how important it is to be prepared for Election Day. Here's everything you need to know on how to be a voter in the Land of Enchantment.

Be A Voter

Key Dates

Oct 11

Registration Deadline (By mail, online; same day registration available in person until 11/8)

Oct 11

Early Voting (at the county clerk’s office) begins

Oct 20

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request (recommended)

Oct 22

Early Voting expands at alternate voting locations

Nov 3

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline (official)

Nov 5

Last day of Early Voting

Nov 8

Election Day

Nov 8

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline (7 p.m.)

Nov 8

Last day to same-day register at your County Clerk’s Office

New Mexico Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

    Register Here
  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    You can register to vote or update your existing registration and vote on the same day in-person at your County Clerk’s Office. Some County Clerks will offer additional same day voter registration locations at expanded early voting sites.

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  • Can I vote by mail?

    Yes! No excuse is required to vote with an absentee (mail) ballot. Ballot requests through the Secretary of State’s website for the November election will be accepted until 5:00 PM on Thursday, November 3, 2022. You'll need fill it out and mail it back by November 8th, so we recommend giving yourself plenty of time - our recommendation is requesting no later than October 20! You can request your absentee ballot here.

  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! Early voting begins at the County Clerk’s office on Tuesday, October 11, 2022. Some counties expand and add alternate early voting locations starting on Saturday, October 22, 2022. Early voting continues through Saturday, November 5, 2022. Please check locations and hours of operation below:

    Find yours
  • Do I need an ID?

    You do not have to present identification to vote in a statewide election. When registering for the first time in New Mexico, you must submit a copy of (1) a current and valid photo identification; or (2) 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 current address. If you do not submit the required identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you will be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee. Some municipal jurisdictions in New Mexico have ordinances in place that require voter ID be presented to vote in *city* elections. This includes the City of Rio Rancho.

  • How do I cast my ballot?

    New Mexico has no-excuse vote by mail (absentee), and you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person early voting or on Election Day (November 8), you can find the polling place closest to you here:

    Find Your Polling Place


  • Can’t vote in person on Election Day? Find out how you can get your absentee ballot here.

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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