Voter Registration For General Election Ends Next Week
By Arin McKenna
More than 54,000 eligible New Mexico voters remain unregistered.
Tuesday, October 9, is the last day to register to vote in the November 6 general election. In late September, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver began mailing 54,465 postcards to eligible but unregistered New Mexico voters, encouraging them to register at http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Voter_Information/voter-information-portal.aspx.
“We’ve seen great success with our online voter registration portal at NMVote.org and we highly encourage any unregistered New Mexican to log on and get registered,” Oliver said. “The fact that 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the general election can now register and get prepared to vote is a great way to increase democratic participation among young people and I’m very proud we’re now able to offer this service in New Mexico.”
The Secretary of State’s office mailed 4,915 postcards to 17-years-old New Mexicans who will be 18 by the November 6 general election, and 49,550 postcards to eligible but unregistered voters over the age of 18.
To register as a new voter or update your registration online, your personal information must match the information that is on file with the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division (MVD). The three pieces of information that must match are:
- Social security number
- Driver’s license number or state identification number
- Date of birth
Eligible voters who do not have a driver’s license or state identification card issued by the MVD, or who prefer to use a paper form to register to vote, can download the form at https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/VRForms/VRFormEnglishFinal.pdf or call the Rio Arriba County Clerk’s office, 575-588-7724. Completed forms can be mailed to Rio Arriba County Clerk, P.O. BOX 158, Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575.
Voter registration forms can also be picked up and dropped off at the county clerk’s office in Tierra Amarilla (Rio Arriba Archive Building, 7th Main Street) and the satellite location in Española (Rio Arriba County Annex, 1122 Industrial Park Road).
Those registering for the first time in New Mexico, either in person or by mail, must provide proof of residency. Valid documentation includes a current and valid photo identification or 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. Those who mail their registration without a copy of one of those forms of identification will be required to present that when voting in person or absentee.
To learn more about eligibility to vote, go to https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/Eligibility.aspx.
Registered voters can also use the voter portal to verify or update their registration and download sample ballots. Visit NMVote.org to request an absentee ballot, find an early voting location and more.
October 9 is also the start date for absentee voting. The general election is November 6 and in person early voting starts Oct. 20.
Find voter information at:
Pick up and drop off registration and early voting forms at:
Rio Arriba County Annex
1122 Industrial Park Road
Espanola, NM 87532
Phone (505) 753-1780
Tierra Amarilla Office:
Rio Arriba Archive Building
7th Main Street
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
Phone (575) 588-7724
Rio Arriba County Clerk
P.O. BOX 158
Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575
Last Day to Register to Vote – October 09
General Election Day – November 06
Absentee by mail begins – October 09
Absentee in Person/Tierra Amarilla begins – October 09
Early Voting Health Commons/Espanola begins – October 20
Early Voting Arboleda Senior Center/Chimayo begins – October 20
Early Voting Ohkay Owingeh Senior Center begins – October 20
Early Voting Santa Clara Senior Citizens Building begins – October 25
Early Voting Jicarilla Apache Nation Tribal Building Begins – October 23
Serve As An Election Worker
Rio Arriba County Clerk’s Office is always accepting Election Worker Forms from individuals that want to serve on the Precinct Board. If you would like to be an Election Worker please click on the link below to get information to become an Election Worker.