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How do I register to vote?

Eligibility

You may register to vote if you are:

  • A resident of New Mexico
  • A citizen of the United States
  • Eighteen years old or older at the time of the next election
  • An individual who has not been denied the right to vote by a court of law due to reason of mental incapacity.
  • A convicted felon who has satisfied all the terms and conditions of sentencing. A certificate of completion must be provided.  

Where to Register

  • Online through the Secretary of State's website.
  • In-person at 1 of 4 locations on Sept. 22, 2020: National Voter Registration Day.
  • During normal times, voter registration may be done in person at the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office (Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at One Civic Plaza NW, 6th Floor, Albuquerque, NM  87102). However, the Clerk's Office is currently closed to the public due to the coronavirus public health emergency. 
  • Secretary of State’s Office
  • Any County Clerk’s Office in New Mexico
  • Through a Third Party Registrant Agent
  • Motor Vehicle Department, Human Services Department, public libraries, colleges, universities, and at organized voter registration drives

You may request an application for voter registration be sent to you by emailing clerk@bernco.gov, calling (505) 468-1291 and selecting the Voter Registration option, or sending a letter to: Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office, One Civic Plaza, NW, Room 6022, Albuquerque, NM 87102.

How to Register

  • You must completely fill out an application for voter registration and sign it.
  • Be sure to: Answer all questions, including the citizenship and age questions.
  • A Social Security Number and the address where you live are required in order to register to vote in New Mexico. (P.O. Box addresses are not allowed).

First Time Registrants

If you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, you must also submit 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.

*If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, you will be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.

Reasons why an application is rejected

  • Social Security Number is not provided.
  • The application is not signed.
  • The citizenship and age boxes are not checked.
  • A physical address or description of residence, such as a map or the 
  • latitude/longitude is not provided

Rejected applications are returned to the applicant with a letter of rejection explanation and a blank application for voter registration.

When to Register

Voter registration applications can be submitted at any time. In order to be eligible to vote in an election, the County Clerk’s Office must receive the voter registration application no later than 5 p.m. on the 28th day before the election. The deadline to register to vote for the 2020 General Election is Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. 

Same Day Voter Registration (SDR)

It is now possible to register to vote during early voting periods in New Mexico. SDR schedule for the 2020 General Election 

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  • The Bernalillo County Clerk's Office will begin mailing absentee ballots for the 2020 General Election to voters who have requested them on October 6, 2020. Voters are encouraged to complete the ballot in a timely fashion, insert it in the envelope, sign and enter last 4 digits under the privacy flap, and seal the envelope. Thereafter, the absentee ballot may be mailed (up until Oct. 27) or hand delivered to a Voting Convenience Center. More info: http://www.bernco.gov/clerk/absentee-voting.aspx
    Time:
    10/6/2020 12:00 AM

  • Early Voting (also known as In-person absentee voting) and Same Day Voter Registration will take place from October 6-16, 2020 at the Clerk's Annex (1500 Lomas Blvd NW) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters may vote in-person or drop off their completed absentee ballot. Same Day
    Location:
    Clerk's Annex, 1500 Lomas NW, Suite A
    Time:
    10/6/2020 8:00 AM - 10/16/2020 5:00 PM

  • Early Voting (also known as In-person absentee voting) and Same Day Voter Registration will take place from October 6-16, 2020 at the Clerk's Annex (1500 Lomas Blvd NW) Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voters may vote in-person or drop off their completed absentee ballot. Same Day
    Location:
    Clerk's Annex, 1500 Lomas NW, Suite A
    Time:
    10/7/2020 8:00 AM - 10/17/2020 5:00 PM

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