How to Register to Vote in New Mexico?
Irrespective of whether you are a U.S. citizen or a resident, if you want to vote, you will first need to register to vote. Registration can be done in person, online or through the mail or writing.
Qualifications to register in New Mexico
- Age – You must be at least 18 years at the time of the election.
- Citizenship – You must be a United States citizen.
- Residency – You must be a resident of New Mexico.
- Mental competency – You must not be judged mentally incompetent by any court of law.
- Convicted felons – If you have served your time in prison and have successfully met the terms of your probation or parole, then you may be eligible to register to vote.
Acquiring voter registration forms in New Mexico
- In person – Individuals who wish to register can procure The New Mexico Certificate of Registration Form from the county clerk's office where they reside. Applications are also available at the Office of the Secretary of State, Motor Vehicle Division offices, city and town halls, post offices, public assistance offices, government buildings and even at libraries.
- Via mail or in writing – You have to download and print out the application form, complete it and mail it to your local county clerk’s office.
- Phone – You can make a request for the form over the phone.
- Online – The form is not accessible online and should not be duplicated.
- National Voter Registration Form – As an alternative, you can also complete the federal form, which can be downloaded or copied by any individual or organization. However, the state government specifies that they prefer you use the New Mexico Form as there are additional information requisites in it that are not part of the national form.
If you require information on a specific county clerk’s office, go to - https://votesmart.org/elections/offices/NM#.XGaj0C2B1sN.
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Identification requirements in New Mexico
Via mail – Along with the registration form, you will have to provide a copy of valid photo identification. In the absence of it, you can also submit one of these documents, including but not limited to, a student ID, bank statement, utility bill, paycheck, government check or any government document that has your name and latest address details. Identification received by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo is also valid. If one of these verification documents is not sent in, you will need to submit it when you vote in person or as an absentee.
Prospective voters have to submit their registration by 5:00 p.m. 28 days before the election date.
Change of Information
Individuals who have a change of name or those who locate to a different address, must complete and submit a new registration to vote form at their current County Clerk's Office. The way can also be given in to the Office of the Secretary of State. The same procedure has to be followed for anyone who requires to change their party’s affiliation.
People who require absentee ballots may procure it online, in person or via mail through your county clerk's office. Applications should be sent in by 5:00 p.m. on Friday before the election date. Within 24 hours of receiving your request, the county clerk must either send the ballot to you via mail or inform you the reasons why your application was declined.
If the state of New Mexico was the last place you resided before leaving the country, you are eligible to vote as a foreign applicant, irrespective of whether you maintain a residence in the state. If you were born to parents whose the last house in the country was New Mexico, you are still eligible to apply.
For more information on overseas and military voting, go to - http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/Military_and_Overseas_Voting.aspx.
For further information on registration to vote in New Mexico, visit the official New Mexico Secretary of State site at - http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/Register_to_Vote.aspx.