2016 Primary Election Candidate Guide
The Secretary of State is pleased to release the 2016 Primary Election Candidate Guide. The Guide will provide a basic understanding of qualifying and filing for candidacy for offices that will appear on the 2016 Primary Election ballot. The Guide also provides a brief description of the campaign finance law that all candidates must adhere to whether or not they raise or spend money during their campaign for candidacy.
The Primary Election in New Mexico is closed which means only major political party candidates, Democrat and Republican, will appear on the Primary Election ballot.
In addition to providing information to major party candidates, the Guide addresses specific qualification requirements for minor and independent candidates. However, the signature petition counts and petition forms for minor and independent candidates will not be released until March 2016.
If you have questions or require any assistance with the information provided on this site please contact the Bureau of Elections at 800,477.3632 or 505.827.3600 or contact us via email at sos.elections.
2016 Resources for Minor Party & Independent Candidates
Filing Day: June 30, 2016
Filing day for appearance on the 2016 general election ballot for independent, minor party, and write-in candidates is on June 30, 2016 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. See the 2016 Primary Election Guide for more information on eligible offices and to find the proper filing officer for filing candidacy paperwork.
Below are the links to the information and guides with information on filing for candidacy as well as the required forms.
Minor Party Candidate Forms:
Independent Candidate Forms:
Additional ‘as needed’ forms for filing day:
Presidential Nomination Forms
2016 Resources for Judicial Retention Candidates
The Constitutional Amendment that passed in the 2014 general election fixed a conflict that previously existed in regards to the date for filing declarations of candidacy for retention for Judge of the Court of Appeals. The filing day for retention of this office is June 30, 2016 as set forth in NMSA 1978, § 1-8-26(D). The necessary forms for declaring candidacy for retention can be found below.
Notice Regarding Vacancies for the General Election Ballot:
If they occur before the Primary Election :
Vacancies for the general ballot occurring before the Primary Election, which were not included in the Election Proclamation may be filled pursuant to Section 1-8-7(B) via nomination by a central committee of the state or county political party in the event that a vacancy is caused by:
- The death of a candidate after filing a declaration of candidacy or after certification as a convention designated nominee before the primary election; OR
- The death or resignation of a person holding a public office after the last Friday before the first Tuesday in March and is required by law to be filled at the next succeeding general election after the vacancy is created.
The state political party will nominate candidates for federal, state, districted, or multicounty legislative offices. The county political party will nominate candidates for magistrate, county, or single-county legislative offices. The nominating process is governed by the political party rules. Nominations are due to the proper filing officer within 15 days after the primary election, Wednesday, June 22, 2016.3
If a vacancy occurs after the Primary Election, for any reason, the vacancy will be filled pursuant to Section 1-8-8 via a similar method of party nomination except that the nominations are due to the filing officer at least 56 days prior to the General Election, Tuesday, September 13, 2016.
Offices to be filled in the manner include:
- Otero Magistrate Judge, Division 1 – to fill an unexpired term through 2018. Nominations are due to the county clerk on or before Wednesday, June 22, 2016.