New Mexico

State of New Mexico Elections and Voting

Election Day is November 5

  • October 8                    Deadline to complete voter registration online or by mail (same-day registration is available on Election Day and during Early Voting)
  • October 8                    First day of early in-person voting (at the county clerk’s office)
  • October 19                  Expanded early voting begins at alternate voting locations
  • October 22                  Deadline to request an absentee ballot
  • November 2                Last day of early in-person voting
  • November 5                Deadline for election authority to receive absentee ballots
  • November 5                Election Day


To register to vote in New Mexico, you must be:

  • A resident of New Mexico
  • A citizen of the United States
  • 18 years or older at the time of the next election
  • An individual who has not been denied the right to vote by a court of law due to reason of mental incapacity
  • NOT currently incarcerated in New Mexico for a felony offense. However, once you are no longer confined to a jail, prison, or other correctional facility you can register and vote in New Mexico elections. You can register to vote and vote even if you are on probation or parole. Please contact your county clerk’s office for more information.


How to register to vote:

  • If you have a current or expired New Mexico state I.D. or driver’s license, you can register or update your registration online with the Online Voter Registration System
  • A voter can use the paper application found here: (English Español) and mail it to your to your County Clerk’s Office
  • A voter may request a copy of the paper application be mailed to them by contacting your County Clerk’s Office
  • You may also register with a Third-Party Registration Agent (voter registration drive)


Voter ID Requirements

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.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in New Mexico.


Early In-Person Voting

Voters may cast an absentee ballot or vote in person at their local County Clerk’s office or an early voting location beginning the 28th day before the election. No excuse is required to vote early.

Expanded early voting is available in many counties beginning on the third Saturday before the election.  Look up early voting locations here or call your county clerk for locations and dates and hours of operation. Early voting ends the Saturday before the election.


Absentee Voting

No excuse is required to vote with an absentee ballot. To request an absentee ballot:

Ballots must be returned to the county clerk or voter’s precinct by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted




Tribes in New Mexico

Federally recognized tribes

  • Jicarilla Apache Nation
  • Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Zuni Tribe of the Zuni Reservation
  • Pueblo of Sandia
  • Pueblo of Santa Ana
  • Pueblo of Santa Clara
  • Pueblo of Taos
  • Pueblo of Tesuque
  • Pueblo of Zia
  • Pueblo of Acoma
  • Ramah Navajo Chapter of the Navajo Nation
  • Pueblo of Cochiti
  • Pueblo of Isleta
  • Pueblo of Jemez
  • Pueblo of Laguna
  • Pueblo of Nambe
  • Pueblo of Picuris
  • Pueblo of Pojoaque
  • Pueblo of San Felipe
  • Pueblo of San Ildefonso
  • Mescalero Apache Tribe of the Mescalero Reservation
  • Ohkay Owingeh

State recognized tribes

  • None


Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!


New Mexico Native Vote Organizations

New Mexico Native Vote

Native American Voter Alliance Education Project


Major Party Contact Information

Chair, Jessica Velasquez

Native American Democratic Caucus of New Mexico
Chair, Songtree Pioche


Chair, Steve Pearce

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