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The League of Women Voters' Guide will be distributed around October 11-12,
but should be available here on the website somewhat earlier.

General Election, November 8, Tuesday

Young Voters Registering to Vote

The November General Election will be held on November 8, 2016 Tuesday. Offices up for vote include President of the United States, US Representatives, all of the New Mexico legislature (both House and Senate), PRC (Public Regulation Commission), PEC (Public Education Commission), judicial offices, and county offices. There will be general obligation bonds and may include other questions.

In order to vote in the election, you must be a US citizen and a New Mexico resident, andso register no later than October 11th. You can register if you will be at least 18 years old by November 8, election day.

Key Dates for the General Election


October 11, Tuesday is the last day you can register to vote, update your registration information, change or declare a Party affiliation, etc.

Absentee Voting (by Mail)

October 11, Tuesday is when absentee ballots will begin being mailed out. Anyone can request one at any time. Ballots must be returned in time to arrive in the County Clerk's office by end of business on Election Day.

Early Voting

October 11, Tuesday through November 5, Saturday you can vote early in person at the County Clerk's office.

October 22, Saturday through November 5, Saturday, you can vote early at a wide variety of Early Voting Centers (list provided when available). Any voter can vote at any Vote Center in their county.

Election Day

November 8, Tuesday is Election Day. You can vote at any of the Vote Centers in your county.

Voting Information

Voting 101

The state League, LWV New Mexico, has prepared a three-page guide to voting in New Mexico, available here as Word format and PDF.


Now, you can register to vote or update your registration on line! Here's how to get more details about registering to vote:


Is identification required when I register?

You need to present identification when you register to vote only if you are registering for the first time in your county and you register by mail. If you do not submit the proper identification, you will be asked to provide it before you vote in your first election. Accepted identification if you are registering for the first time by mail includes a copy of any current and valid photo ID, a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or any other government document that shows your current and valid name and address.

What identification is required when I vote?

For most voters, you need to state your name and perhaps verify your address and year of birth. If you are voting for the first time, you may need to show a current and valid photo ID, a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or any other government document that shows your current and valid name and address.

What if I do not have Photo Identification?

If the voter is unable to provide a photo identification card, he or she is still allowed to vote on a provisional ballot. The voter will be given a provisional ballot to complete, and it will be placed in an envelope and returned to the City Clerk's office. The voter then must come in person to the Clerk's office within 10 days with photo identification that will allow the Clerk to determine if he/she is the actual voter. If this is not done, the provisional ballot will not be counted.


You can avoid the rush and vote before Election Day by mailing in an absentee ballot, voting early in person in the County Clerk's office, or by voting at any of the Early Voting sites.


Any person qualified to vote may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee voting does not require photo ID. Apply by phone by calling 311, or by mail for an absentee ballot to the County Clerk's office. The County Clerk's office will verify the application information and mail your absentee ballot to you.

Your completed ballot must be received in the County Clerk's office no later than 7:00 p.m., on Election Day, Tuesday, June 7. Absentee ballot packets delivered in person to the County Clerk's office must be delivered by the voter or by members of the voter's immediate family. Immediate family means spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters.

Be sure to read and follow the instructions on your absentee ballot! In a recent Albuquerque election, ballots were rejected (not counted) when voters failed to sign the inner envelope containing their ballots. Information on the inner envelope is not visible when the ballot is mailed. It is only seen by the County Clerk's staff, who use this information to verify that the ballot was sent in by a registered voter, and to check the voter's name off as having voted. The inner envelope is then separated from the ballot, so that no record will be kept of how you voted.


Voters are obligated to report voting offenses to the County Clerk or the District Attorney. Voting offenses are: