Voting in New Mexico
Protecting New Mexico – One Vote at a Time
General Election Day is Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. statewide.
Early and absentee voting
Early voting will take place October 9 through November 3. You may go to your local County Clerk's office beginning October 9 and vote on either a paper ballot or electronic voting machine. Early voting at alternate sites begins on the third Saturday before the election, which is October 20. Call your county clerk for locations. Alternate sites may have extended or various hours but must at least be open from noon to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday. These sites are closed on Sunday and Monday.
Voters may cast an absentee ballot or vote in person in the county clerk's office during regular business hours starting October 9, 2012. Absentee ballots may be cast until voting closes at 7 p.m. November 6.
Voter registration closes 28 days prior to the election. For the General Election, the deadline is October 9, 2012.
- You may register to vote on two different forms - either the New Mexico Certificate of Registration form or the National Voter Registration Form.
- The New Mexico Certificate of Registration Form ("New Mexico Form") is available at any county clerk's office, the Office of the Secretary of State, or many state agencies that serve specific clients at those offices such as motor vehicle offices and offices offering public assistance.
- A voter may request the New Mexico form by mail, telephone, or in person. The New Mexico form is on cardstock, is a permanent record and is not available online. It may not be duplicated. You may also register with a Third-Party Registration Agent. The National Voter Registration Form ("National Form") is available online at www.fec.gov. This form may be downloaded or duplicated by any voter or organization.