New Native American Voter Guide Released as Voting Begins for the 2018 General Election

by Reporter / Oct 10, 2018 / 0 comments

New Native American Voter Guide Released as Voting Begins for the 2018 General Election

Absentee voting has started.

SANTA FE – On Tuesday, Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced the release of the first-of-its-kind Native American Voter Guide as voter registration for the 2018 general election closed and absentee voting began.

“These guides will provide greater access to election information to our tribal communities, which leads to more participation in the democratic process among Native Americans,” said Sec. Toulouse Oliver. “The Native American Voting Taskforce has identified ways to increase participation in elections within Native American voting precincts and these guides are an important tool in that endeavor.”

The new Native American Voter Guide has been produced by the League of Women Voters in conjunction with the Secretary of State’s Native American Voting Task Force. The guide provides pertinent election information to tribal communities who, by and large, have limited to no internet access, making it difficult to obtain even the most basic of voting information.

The guide includes a candidate and ballot question listing, a description of each elected official’s responsibilities, voting locations and times specific to tribal communities, and information about how to access Native American language translation services. Paper versions of the Guide will be distributed in the twelve New Mexico counties with federally recognized tribal communities and can be obtained at county clerk’s offices, through the Secretary of State’s Office, or at voting locations in those counties.

Digital copies are also available online at the Secretary of State’s Native American Voting Task Force webpage.                                                           

Tuesday marked the beginning of absentee voting. Eligible voters may cast a paper absentee ballot or vote in-person in their county clerk’s office during normal business hours beginning today. 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 emailingsos.elections@state.nm.us.

At NMvote.org registered voters can obtain a sample ballot, view voting locations and hours, and review the districts in which they are eligible to vote.