Including Student Information
+ Registration Deadlines and Election Dates
- Voter Registration Deadline: 28 days before Election Day
- Primary Election Registration Deadline: May 8, 2018
- Primary Election: June 5, 2018
- General Election Registration Deadline: October 9, 2018
- General Election: November 6, 2018
+ Official Election Websites
- More election information at www.sos.state.nm.us/
- Online voter registration available at https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/InstructionsStep1.aspx
+ Register at School or Home
Students have a choice about where to register to vote.
Students attending college may register at their campus address or choose to remain registered or register at their permanent or home address.
You may only be registered and vote in one location.
+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Register?
New Mexico’s registration form requires you to put down your full Social Security Number. If you are registering to vote for the first time in New Mexico and you submit the registration form by mail (not in person at the clerk’s office), you need to present a copy of an ID with your registration form OR a copy of an ID with your absentee ballot OR the physical ID at the polls. The acceptable forms of ID include: (1) an original or copy of a current and valid photo identification with or without an address, and if you are at the polls, the address doesn’t need to match your certificate of registration or voter identification card; or (2) an original or copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo, that shows the name and address of the person, and if you are at the polls, the address of which is not required to match the voter’s certificate of registration. Contact your county clerk if you have questions.
+ What Type of ID Do I Need to Vote?
Most New Mexico voters do not need to show ID in order to vote in person at the polls or by absentee ballot. Only first-time voters who registered to vote by mail without providing a copy of one of the above will need to present ID upon voting.
+ Where Do I Vote?
Make a plan. Look up your voting site and hours at: http://polling.sks.com/
+ How Can I Vote?
- Any registered New Mexico voter may vote by mail starting 28 days before Election Day. No excuse is needed.
- Absentee ballot applications must be received by 5 p.m. on the Friday before Election Day.
- If you are sent an absentee ballot in the mail you will not be allowed to vote at the polls on Election Day.
- Absentee ballots must be returned to the county clerk’s office so that they are received by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
- Early voting at alternate sites begins 28 days before Election Day and runs until the Saturday before the election. Contact your county clerk for locations and times.
- A voter may cast a ballot in person at his/her assigned polling place or Voting Convenience Center (anywhere in the county) on Election Day.
- Voting sites will be open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you are in line by the closing time then you will be allowed to vote.
+ Common Questions/Concerns
Registering to Vote Does Not Affect Your:
- Federal Financial Aid
- Where you register to vote will not affect federal financial aid such as Pell Grants, Perkins or Stafford loans, or your dependency status for FAFSA
- Status as a Dependent on Your Parents’ Taxes
- Being registered to vote at a different address from your parents does not prevent them from claiming you as a dependent on their taxes
- Tuition Status
- Being deemed out-of-state for tuition purposes does not prevent you from choosing to register to vote in your campus community
Will registering to vote in New Mexico affect my driver’s license or car registration?
- Yes, registering to vote in New Mexico makes you a resident for the purposes of the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Code, so you will be required to get a New Mexico driver’s license and register your car with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division.
Fair Elections Center and Campus Vote Project intend the information contained herein is used only as a general guide. This document should not be used as a substitute for consultation with a licensed New Mexico legal professional.
Last updated June 2018