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New Mexico: Voter Guide
Voting Information // New Mexico

Automatic voter registration

Online voter registration

Pre-registration before turning 18

Number of days prior to election a voter must be registered is 15 days or less

Online voter registration closes 15 days or less before Election Day

Registration drives

Same day registration offered in all elections

Same day registration located at polling place

Same day registration offered only during early voting


All mail voting

In-person early voting

Amount of early voting days is higher than 7

Election day is a state holiday

No-excuse mail voting

12+ hours of open polls

Paid time off work to vote

Time off work to vote


Felons can vote after incarceration with completion of sentence

Felons can vote immediately after incarceration

Felons can vote while incarcerated

No ID required to vote

Mental competency not required to register

Non-photo ID required to vote

Photo-ID required to vote

Upcoming Elections

There are no upcoming elections. Sign up for email or text notifications prior to important election dates.

Voting Qualifications

Not a convicted felon, unless you have completed the court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction
Not declared legally mentally incompetent
Resident of New Mexico
18+ Years of Age
United States Citizen


In Person - 
Saturday before Election Day at your County Clerk's office, with valid photo ID and proof of residence (utility bill, bank statement, government check, etc.)
Mail - 
Postmarked 28 days before Election Day
Online - 
28 days before Election Day
In Person - 
Application to request absentee ballot due 14 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Application to request absentee ballot due 14 days before Election Day
Online - 
Application to request absentee ballot due 14 days before Election Day
Mail - 
Voted ballot due by 7 pm on Election Day
In Person - 
Between 3 and 18 days before Election Day

More Information

New Mexico has a closed primary, so only those registered in a major political party may participate in the primary election.

Any registered New Mexico voter may apply for an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

Voters aren’t required to show ID for New Mexico state or federal elections, but some municipal jurisdictions require voter ID. These include the City of Albuquerque and the City of Rio Rancho.

For state/federal elections, if you’ve voted in New Mexico before or if you’re voting for the first time after registering in person or by mail with a copy of your ID, you don’t need to show ID to vote.

If you’re voting in New Mexico for the first time, registered to vote by mail, and didn’t include a copy of your ID when you registered, be sure to bring one of the following to vote in person early or on Election Day:

  • Photo ID
  • Utility bill
  • Bank statement
  • Government check
  • Paycheck
  • Student ID card
  • ID issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo
  • Other government document that shows your name and current address