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Voters’ Guide

The complete LWV Voters’ Guide is now online (at last)! You can also download the PDF (1.3MB) The Guide is 56 pages long this year, so you'll want to start examining it early. To see the Voters’ Guide information in web form, click here.

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Candidate Debates and Forums
Date/TimeCandidatesLocation and HostLink for replay
Sep 22GovernorNAIOP meetingLink to KOB-TV
Sep 23, 6:30-8:00pmAttorney General and Secretary of StateAlbuquerque, African American Performing Arts Center, hosted by League of Women Voters and the CenterLink to KUNM Radio
Oct 2, 6:00-7:30pmBernalillo County SheriffEvent Palace, 1413 Eubank NE 
Oct 22, 6:30pmCandidates from US House Dist 1, NM House 22, Bernalillo County Dist 5 and Sheriff Los Vecinos Community Center, Tijeras
Contact Lisa Davis 286-2651 for details
 


Voting 101

The State League (LWV New Mexico) has prepared a brief guide to voting in New Mexico. You can view or download it here (PDF, 256KB).

Candidates for November 4 General Election

The Secretary of State has the list of candidates running for office from the various parties, and other election information online. The League of Women Voters will publish its Voters' Guide in early October, before the start of early voting. This League's Voters' Guide will cover Bernalillo and Sandoval counties, as well as the federal and state offices. The state League of Women Voters (LWV New Mexico) will have an online-only Voters' Guide which covers the federal and statewide ofices. If you live in or near Santa Fe, Los Alamos, or Las Cruces, please check their League websites for Voters' Guides for those specific areas.


General Election November 4
Primary Election June 3

This fall, there will be an election for US Congress, one US Senator, the Governor, Lt. Governor, Treasurer, Secretary of State, Auditor, all members of the New Mexico House, and many other judicial elections, county and district elections. There may also be ballot issues, such as state bonds, constitutional amendments, etc.

In order to decide which candidates from the major parties will be on the Fall ballot, there will be a Primary Election on June 3. Each party that is running candidates has its own ballot. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED AS A MEMBER OF THAT PARTY TO VOTE IN ITS PRIMARY. If your voter registration does not specify either "Republican" or "Democratic", you will not be able to vote in the Primary.

Stay informed by checking the League websites! The LWV New Mexico site will be posting an online-only Voters' Guide in time for fall early voting and consisting only of the state-wide offices. LWV Central New Mexico will have its Voters' Guide online, in webpage and PDF form, and will be distributing hardcopies to the usual libraries, senior centers, and many local businesses.

Important Dates for the General Election
DateDescription
The General Election includes candidates at the federal, state, county and local levels. Anyone who is registered may vote, and you may vote for any candidates you choose, regardless of which party (if any) you are registered under.
Fall General Election
All registered voters of any, all, or no political party can participate in the General Election. The League of Women Voters will be publishing Voters' Guides before the start of early voting.
October 1LWV New Mexico Voters' Guide published online (only)
October 7Last Day to Register or Re-register to Vote. After this, voter registration will close until after the election
October 7Absentee and absentee-in-person voting opens. Absentee ballots are available by mail by request - absentee ballots are no longer sent out automatically! Early in-person voting by absentee ballot opens.
October 31Absentee voting ends
November 1Early voting ends
November 4ELECTION DAY

Voter Registration

You must be registered in order to vote. If you have moved, changed your address, your name, or your party affiliation, you will need to re-register in order to vote.

You can check your registration status by contacting your local County Clerk's office and numerous other locations listed on www.sos.state.nm.us.

Who may vote in New Mexico? Voters must be U.S. citizens, must be at least eighteen on or before election day, and must reside in New Mexico. Application may be made in person or by mail, but note the identification requirements for applications made by mail.

Where do I register? You can register at your County Clerk's office, or pick up a voter registration form at any public library, Department of Motor Vehicles office, or public assistance office. Voter registration drives are conducted by organizations such as the League of Women Voters, the political parties, various advocacy groups, and by individuals who are trained voter registrars.

How Can I Tell if I'm Registered? You can call your County Clerk's office, or check online at the Secretary of State's Voter View web page.

Voter Identification For mail-in registration application, if the applicant is registering for the first time in New Mexico, the applicant must submit, together with his completed and signed application form, a copy of one of the following types of identification showing both the name and the NM address of the applicant:

If the applicant has not submitted the required identification before the election, s/he may be required to do so when voting for the first time, whether in person or absentee.

Where can I get more information? Visit the website of the New Mexico Secretary of State. This page includes links to check the status of your provisional ballot, if one was required, as well as sample ballots for the 2012 Primary and General Elections. Voters may also look up their voter registration information using VoterView.

Verify your voter registration status.

Problems voting? Call one of these hotlines:

or visit www.866OurVote.org.

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Voter Registration

For more information about registering to vote, the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office can be reached at

The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office can be reached at