Updated: Apr 23, 2020
ABSENTEE VOTER INFORMATION FOR 2020 NEW MEXICO PRIMARY ELECTION
The primary election in New Mexico is scheduled for June 2, 2020, and the last day to register to vote in the primary is May 5, 2020. Given the current pandemic of the novel coronavirus, the New Mexico Supreme Court ordered the Secretary of State to direct county clerks to mail all registered voters an application for an absentee ballot. However, the application process can be done NOW online. The application takes less than five minutes to fill out and submit.
Absentee ballots must be received by June 2, 2020. For the June primary, early voting begins May 16, 2020, however polling locations and processes are likely to be dramatically different this year than previous years.
Q: How do I register to vote? A: Online is the quickest option, but a form can also be downloaded, printed, and mailed in.
Online registration: https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/DomesticApplication.aspx
Download form to mail-in: https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/VRForms/VRFormEnglishFinal.pdf
Q: How do I request an absentee ballot? A: All registered voters will receive an application for an absentee ballot in the mail, however, an application can be completed NOW online: https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/AbsenteeApplication.aspx
Q: What will I need to request an absentee ballot? A: In order to complete the online application, you will need:
NM Driver’s License #/NM State ID
Social Security Number
Date of Birth
Mailing Address for Ballot
Q: When I get the absentee ballot in the mail, what needs to be done? A: The ballot will need to be filled out according to directions and then returned no later than June 2, 2020. A completed absentee ballot can be returned one of three ways:
Via mail, postage is paid by the State
dropped off at the voter’s County Clerk’s Office - will need to check business hours
In-person at any voting location before or on Election Day by 7:00 p.m.
Q: How do I contact my local county clerk with other questions?
A: The link provided has contact information for all 33 County Clerks’ Offices in New Mexico
PRIMARY ELECTION TIMELINE (Absentee Information in Red Font)
Register to Vote
Request Absentee Ballot
May 5, 2020
Last Day to Register to Vote
May 16, 2020
Early Voting Begins
May 28, 2020
Last Day to Request Absentee Ballot
May 30, 2020
Early Voting Ends
3-5 Business Days before June 2, 2020
Last Day to Mail Back Absentee Ballots
June 2, 2020
Primary Election Day