Voter Registration Ends And Absentee Ballot Voting Begins Tuesday
Tuesday, October 9 Also Marks the Start of Absentee Voting in New Mexico
SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver reminds all eligible voters in New Mexico that Tuesday, October 9, 2018, is the last day to get registered to vote in order to vote in the upcoming general election.
“Over 29,000 New Mexicans registered to vote or updated their registrations during National Voter Registration Month in September but there is still plenty of time to put more eligible voters on the rolls before Tuesday’s deadline,” said Sec. Toulouse Oliver. “Active voter participation is fundamental to a successful democracy. I urge all eligible New Mexicans to get registered and to vote in every election.”
State law requires voter registration to close once voting begins on the 28th day before the election (§1-4-8(A) NMSA 1978).
Sec. Toulouse Oliver encourages all eligible New Mexicans to use NMvote.org to register to vote or to update their registration online before the Tuesday, October 9, 2018 deadline. To obtain a paper voter registration form, visit any county clerk’s office, the Secretary of State’s office, or many state agencies such as motor vehicle offices and offices offering public assistance. New Mexicans can also contact the Secretary of State’s office by phone at 1-800-477-3632 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance getting registered
Further, absentee voting begins on October 9, and eligible voters may cast a paper absentee ballot or vote in-person in their county clerk’s office during normal business hours beginning that day. Voters can request an absentee ballot online at NMvote.org or by contacting their county clerk’s office. Any voter experiencing a problem in obtaining their absentee ballot should contact the Secretary of State’s office at 1-800-477-3632 or by emailing email@example.com.
Voter information from the Rio Arriba County Clerk:
Request an absentee ballot by filling out an application and returning it to your local County Clerk. Applications can be obtained by:
- Filling out an application online by CLICKING HERE
- Contacting your County Clerk’s Office in person, phone, mail or email
- Downloading an Absentee Ballot Application HERE and mailing it or hand delivering it to your County Clerk’s Office
Applications must be received by the County Clerk no later than 5 p.m. on Friday, November 2, 2018. A ballot will be sent to voters who have properly filled out the application. If the application was not completed correctly, a notification with the reason why the application was not accepted will be sent within 24 hours of receipt of the application.
If you do not receive the absentee ballot, please contact the County Clerk’s Office no later than the Monday, November 5, 2018.
Request an accessible absentee ballot – For the first time in New Mexico, absentee voting has expanded to be more accessible. Absentee ballots have been designed so that a voter who is blind or visually impaired may independently use their own nonvisual or low-vision technology to mark their ballot.
- Fill out an application online by CLICKING HERE.
- An email address is required for delivery of the electronic absentee ballot.
- Please read and complete the certification document required to provide the electronic absentee ballot.
Applications must be received by the County Clerk no later than 5 p.m. Friday, November 2, 2018. A ballot will be emailed to voters who have properly filled out the application and an official return envelope will be mailed and must be used to return the absentee ballot.
If you do not receive an email with absentee ballot, please contact the County Clerk’s Office no later than the Monday, November 5, 2018.
Return an absentee ballot – All absentee ballots may be returned to the County Clerk’s Office or any Election Day polling location no later than 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 6, 2018 ‒Election Day.