How to Vote in New Mexico's 2024 Elections

Posted on 06/06/24 by Julie Goldenberg

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Important dates and election information

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  • Deadline to register: Tuesday, Oct. 8
  • Early in-person voting: Tuesday, Oct. 8–Saturday, Nov. 2
  • Deadline to request absentee ballot: Tuesday, Oct. 22
  • Election Day, deadline to return absentee ballot: Tuesday, Nov. 5

Voting at a glance

  • Voter registration: Check your registration status through the state’s online voter portal.
  • Absentee voting: No-excuse absentee voting is available to all voters. Return absentee ballots by mail or in person on Election Day at any county polling location.
  • Early voting: Available from Tuesday, Oct. 8, to Saturday, Nov. 2, in person at your county clerk’s office.
  • Voting at the polls: Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you didn’t submit voter identification with your first-time mail-in registration, bring a valid photo ID, a current utility bill, bank statement or government document that displays your name and address. 

Recent voting changes in New Mexico

A 2023 state law mandates that:

  • Same-day registration is offered at every polling place statewide on Election Day. 
  • Each county offers at least two ballot drop boxes, although counties can apply to waive this requirement.
  • A voluntary permanent absentee voter list be established, so voters can automatically receive an absentee ballot before statewide elections if they choose. 
  • As part of the state Native American Voting Rights Act, tribes must have access to the same resources for voting as other voters in New Mexico.

How to register to vote

Register by mail, in person or online.

  • Online: Register for the first time or make changes to your registration using the online portal
  • In person: Complete your registration and vote at your county clerk’s office during early voting. Additional early voting sites also may offer same-day voter registration. Check with the county clerk’s office
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Residents fill out general election ballots in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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Registering to vote on Election Day

Same-day registration is available in person at some polling locations. Bring an acceptable form of ID, such as a New Mexico driver’s license or state ID card or a document displaying your address, along with a photo ID.

Check your voter registration status

Use the secretary of state’s online voter services to verify your registration status.

How to request an absentee ballot 

The county clerk must receive your absentee ballot application by Tuesday, Oct. 22. A ballot will be sent to voters who have correctly filled out an application.

  • By mail: Print and fill out the absentee ballot application and mail it to your county clerk’s office. Absentee ballot requests must be received 14 days before an election — that’s Tuesday, Oct. 22. But you’re encouraged to apply as soon as possible.

Returning an absentee ballot

Open your envelope and read the instructions written on the yellow paper inside. Fill out your ballot, fold your ballot and put it in the inner envelope. Then, put the inner envelope into the outer envelope. Seal and sign the outer envelope and return it:

  • By mail: Send your ballot to your county clerk’s office. It must be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5.
  • In person: Hand-deliver your ballot to your county clerk’s office or any Election Day polling site by 7 p.m. on Election Day. 

Track your absentee ballot through the state’s voter information portal.

Voting in person before Election Day

Find early voting locations and operating hours on the state elections website or by contacting your county clerk’s office.

Voting at the polls on Election Day

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 5. 

Sample ballots are available on the online portal.

Voter ID requirements on Election Day 

Voter identification is only required for same-day registration and first-time New Mexico voters who completed their registration by mail and did not submit identification with their form.

For same-day registration, bring a New Mexico driver’s license or state ID card, or a document displaying your address in the county, along with a photo ID. If you are a first-time voter who did not submit identification with your registration by mail, bring a valid photo ID, current utility bill, bank statement or document displaying your name and address.

Voting with a disability

People with a disability may vote using an absentee ballot, which can be delivered to the county clerk’s office in person or by mail by a voter’s caregiver or member of their immediate family. Those in a nursing home or long-term care facility may also use this option.

If you have a visual impairment, you may request a special absentee ballot. You may request assistance at a polling station or use an accessible voting machine. For more information, consult the elections website.

Accessible voting machines are available at every polling station.

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on June 6, 2024, with new information about voting in the 2024 elections.

Julie Goldenberg is an associate editor of AARP The Magazine and the AARP Bulletin. She is a graduate of Columbia Journalism School and is based in New York City.

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