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Absentee Voting by Mail
If I choose to vote absentee by mail, what must I include on the application for an absentee ballot?
- Each application for an absentee ballot shall be signed by the applicant and shall require the applicant’s printed name, year of birth and registered address.
- If you registered for the first time in New Mexico and submitted the registration form by mail and did not provide a copy of your identification with your voter registration, then you must submit with the form a copy of (1) a current and valid photo identification; or (2) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address.
Click here to download an Application for Absent Voter Ballot. You may also request a ballot online through NMVote.org, your online Voter Information Portal.
Mail your Application for Absent Voter Ballot to your County Clerk’s Office.
- The Application for Absent Voter Ballot is also available at any county clerk’s office. A voter may request an application by mail, telephone, or in person.
- Additional options for registering and requesting an absentee ballot for military and overseas voters are available under federal and state law. Please visit the Military and Overseas Voter Information page for more details.
What is the deadline to request an absentee ballot?
- The county clerk must receive the Application for Absent Voter Ballot no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 29, 2020 for the 2020 Primary Election, and Thursday, October 30, 2020 for the General Election (Section 1-6-5(F), NMSA 1978).
- Within twenty-three (23) days of Election Day, the county clerk must either mail the ballot or notice of rejection to the applicant as soon as practicable; provided that the ballot or a notice of rejection is sent not later than twenty-two (22) days before the election (Section 1-6-5(F), NMSA 1978).
If I apply for an absentee ballot and receive it, can I change my mind and vote at my polling place on Election Day?
- Yes, but must execute an affidavit stating that the person did not and will not vote the mailed ballot that was issued. (Section 1-6-16 (A) NMSA 1978
What if I do not receive my absentee ballot?
- If you apply for, but do not receive the absentee ballot, you may apply for a replacement absentee ballot by communicating with the county clerk and requesting a replacement mailed ballot be delivered to the voter; and executes an affidavit and the county clerk has voided the mailed ballot previously issued to the voter. (Section 1-6-16 (B), NMSA 1978).
- You may also go to your polling place and vote on a replacement absentee ballot on Election Day, after signing an affidavit of non-receipt of absentee ballot (Section 1-6-16.1(A), NMSA 1978).
- In both cases, you will be required to sign a sworn statement, under penalty of perjury, that you did not receive your ballot.
Who can take the absentee ballot back to the county clerk?
- A member of your immediate family or your caregiver may hand-deliver your absentee ballot; provided that the voter has subscribed the official mailing envelope of the absentee ballot. An unrelated third party may not deliver another voter’s absentee ballot .(Section 1-6-10.1, NMSA 1978).
When does an absentee ballot have to be returned for it to be counted?
- Ballots must be returned to the county clerk or voter’s precinct by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted (Section 1-6-10 (B), NMSA 1978).
How much does it cost to mail my Absentee Ballot?
- For the cost to mail your Absentee Ballot contact your county clerk. Please see a list of your county clerks HERE
The outer envelope of my Absentee Ballot requests an AV Register Number. Do I fill this out?
- You can leave that information blank. This information is for internal use only.