Candidates & Campaigns

NM Election Alphabet

The SOS held its randomization of the New Mexico Election Alphabet on January 15, 2021. The webinar can be found at the bottom of this page.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind:

1)      This alphabet does not apply to candidates selected by state convention pursuant to NMSA 1978, Section 1-8-21.1. Their ballot order is selected by the party in descending order of votes received at the state convention.

2)      The names of candidates for the same office will be ordered based upon the first letter in each candidate’s last name according to the order of letters. When two or more candidates for the same office share the same first letter in each candidate’s last name, the order of the candidate names is resolved by applying the New Mexico election alphabet to each subsequent letter in each candidate’s last name until a discernment can be ascertained between candidate names.

3)      As defined in rule,  “Candidate name” means the name listed on the candidate’s certificate of registration and disregarding any punctuation forming a part of a candidate’s name. So that means if you have a hyphenated last name, your ballot position will be determined by the first name of your hyphenated last name.


2021 Alphabet Randomization

2021 Alphabet Randomization

Watch the Web Meeting of the NM Alphabet Randomization

Upcoming Elections

Congressional District 1 – Special Election: June 1, 2021

Regular Local Election: November 2, 2021

Quick Contact Information


Mailing & Physical Address
New Mexico Capitol Annex North
325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Hours of Operation
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Toll Free : 1-800-477-3632

Business Services Division
Phone 505-827-3600 (Option 1)
Fax 505-827-4387
Email Business.Services@state.nm.us

Bureau of Elections
Phone: 505-827-3600 (Option 2)
Email: Sos.elections@state.nm.us

Ethics Division
Phone: 505-827-3600 (Option 2)
Email: Sos.ethics@state.nm.us

Receptionist
Phone 505-827-3600 (Option 3)