Filing a Complaint
If you need to file a complaint, you can fill out the Voter Complaint Form or contact Ken Ortiz at Ken.Ortiz@state.nm.us or by phone 505-827-3661.
Please note that our office does not accept anonymous complaints or complaints not submitted in writing.
If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 505.827.3600.
The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office investigates complaints related to elections and ethics. Below is a complaint form. Please fill out the form as completely as possible and attach additional pages as needed to describe your complaint. Please be as specific as possible and make sure all documents are legible. Please note that all documents and other materials submitted to our office become property of the State of New Mexico and are subject to the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act.
Once we receive your complaint we will review the information to determine if your complaint falls within the jurisdiction of the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office. If it is determined that your complaint does not fall within our jurisdiction, we will inform you of that and attempt to refer you to an agency that may be able to assist you.
If it is determined that your complaint does fall within our jurisdiction, the complaint will be reviewed and a copy of your complaint and a letter requesting response with be sent to the respondent (the person or organization of which you are filing the complaint against). The respondent will be asked to submit their response within fifteen (15) days. Unless the allegations concern violations of specific federal laws, the respondent is under no legal obligation to respond to the complaint. However, a determination will be made by our office with or without a response from the respondent. Please keep in mind that our office will make every effort to process and act upon each complaint as soon as possible, however we are not under any legal obligation to submit official determinations within a specific amount in time, again, unless the allegations concern potential violations of certain federal laws.
If at the end of our investigation it is determined that a violation has occurred, it may be referred to the New Mexico Attorney General’s Office or a district attorney for their review and handling.