How to Vote in New Mexico's 2022 Elections

Posted on 11/12/21 by Andrew Soergel

En español | New Mexico’s June 7 primaries will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for governor, the U.S. House of Representatives and the state legislature.

  • All registered voters can request a no-excuse absentee ballot and vote from home in June’s primaries and November’s general election.
  • You can vote early and in person at an early voting site if your county offers them — or by filling out an absentee ballot at your local county clerk’s office. You can vote at your clerk’s office starting on May 10, and at an early voting site starting on May 21.
  • The state’s primary election is Tuesday, June 7; the general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
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How do I register to vote?

  • Online: Use the state’s voter registration portal to register, change your party affiliation or check your registration status. You’ll need a current or expired New Mexico state ID or driver’s license. Registration through the web portal closes May 10 for the primary and Oct. 11 for the general.
  • By mail: Print out a voter registration form, complete it and mail it to your local election clerk’s office. You can also contact your clerk’s office or call 800-477-3632 and ask that a form be mailed to you. Your registration form must be postmarked by May 10 and received by May 13 to vote in the primary, and postmarked by Oct. 11 and received by Oct. 14 to vote in the general.

You can check if you’re registered to vote through the state’s voter information portal.

Does my party affiliation matter when I vote in the primaries?

Yes, it does for the primaries. Only people who are registered as Democrats, Republicans or Libertarians can participate in their party’s respective primaries in New Mexico. May 10 is the deadline to update your voter information online or by mail, though you can update your registration in person until June 4.

How can I get a mail-in or absentee ballot? Are there important deadlines?

Any registered voter can request a no-excuse absentee ballot and vote from home in the June primaries and in November’s general election.

You can apply for an absentee ballot online, by mail or in person. 

  • Online: Use the state’s voter services portal to complete an application by June 2 to vote absentee in the primary and by Nov. 3 to vote absentee in the general.

Return completed ballots by mail or in person. You can return someone else’s completed ballot if you’re their caretaker or immediate family member. Election officials must receive your ballot by 7 p.m. on June 7 for the primary election and by Nov. 8 for the general.

  • By mail: Send your completed ballot to your local election clerk’s office. State officials recommend mailing your primary ballot by May 31 for the primary and by Nov. 1 for the general to avoid possible postal delays.
  • In person: Drop off your completed ballot primary at your local election clerk’s office, at any Election Day polling location or at any official drop box location by June 7 at 7 p.m.

Use the state’s voter services portal to track the status of your absentee ballot and to find a ballot drop box near you. 

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

Yes, starting on May 10 for the primary and Oct. 11 for the general, you can vote early and in person by going to your local election clerk’s office. Early voting dates and hours may vary by county, so use the state’s voter services portal to find out when you can cast a ballot. The last day to vote early in the primaries is Saturday, June 4.

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

The primary election is Tuesday, June 7. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You will still be able to cast a ballot after 7 p.m. as long as you were in line before the polls closed. Use the state's voter information portal to find a polling place near you.

All voting locations have special equipment to assist the hearing, visually or physically impaired. The secretary of state’s website has more information about resources available to people with disabilities.

The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. 

Do I need identification to vote?

You only need to show ID in New Mexico if you’re a first-time voter who registered by mail and didn’t include a copy of your ID with your registration form. In that case, you’ll be asked to show a current photo ID or a utility bill, bank statement or paycheck that confirms your name and address when you go to your polling place.

What races are on the ballot?

  • Governor
  • U.S. House: all three seats
  • State House: all 70 seats
  • State Supreme Court

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Nov. 12 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 18, 2020. Voting rules, procedures and candidates may change before Election Day. We’ll keep this guide updated, so bookmark this page and check back.

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