Voter Registration Requirements

  • You need to be a United States citizen.
  • You need to be 18 or older on Election Day.
  • You need to be a resident of New Mexico.
  • You can't have been denied the right to vote by a court of law by reason of mental incapacity.
  • If you're a first-time voter who registers by mail, you're required to submit proof of identification either at the time of registration or when you vote. You can include a copy of your identification with your registration form today! Acceptable forms of ID include: a current utility bill, bank statement, valid photo ID, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address.

Don't forget -- your state may have additional ID requirements when you go to the polls.

If you have additional questions about voting in New Mexico, please contact:

Elections Bureau: (505)-827-3600;

Registration Deadline

  • Postmarked by: 28 days prior before Election Day.
  • Hand delivery: Until the Friday after registration closes.

Felony Information

Under New Mexico law, if you have been convicted of a felony, you may register and vote when you have completed all the terms of your sentence (including any probation and parole). For more information on voting after a felony conviction, visit the the New Mexico Elections Bureau's website or by call them at 505-827-3600.

Information for Students

  • You must be a resident of the state in which you register and vote. If you're a student from New Mexico who attends school in another state, you may need to determine whether you're a New Mexico resident or a resident of the state where you attend school. The important thing to keep in mind is that you may only cast your vote in one state.
  • Here's what New Mexico says about residency: New Mexico law defines residency as the place in which your habitation is fixed, and to which you intend to return whenever you're away. You do not have residence in a place where you have come for temporary purposes only.
  • If you determine you're a New Mexico resident, but will not be present in this state or will be away from your home district on Election Day, be sure to check the absentee ballot application requirements and deadlines. In addition, New Mexico residents who attend school in-state, but in a different election district, may be eligible to register and vote in the election district where they live while attending school.
  • To determine whether you're a resident of a different state where you attend school, be sure to check that state's residency requirements.

Identification Information

All voters in New Mexico are required to show a form of written ID or make a verbal or written statement of their name, registration address, and year of birth.

Acceptable forms of written ID include:

  • current and valid photo ID (with or without an address)
  • utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student ID card or other government document that shows your name and address (this includes an ID card issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo).
The address on your ID does not have to match the address on your voter registration.

Note that if you are a first-time voter who registered by mail, you should be prepared to show written ID.

Same Day Registration


Early Voting Information

In New Mexico, you don't have to wait until Election Day to vote. You can skip Election Day lines and vote early at a time that's convenient for you.

Vote Early in Person

All voters in New Mexico can vote in person before Election Day at County Clerk's offices from October 9, 2012 to November 3, 2012.

Vote Early By Mail

You can also vote before Election Day by completing an absentee ballot and submitting it by mail.

First, complete the Absentee Voter Application and return it to your County Clerk's office either by mail or in person. Your County Clerk's office must receive your application by November 2, 2012.

Your County Clerk's office must receive your completed absentee ballot by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Secretary of State