As Election Day – Tuesday, Nov. 2 – gets closer, here are a few things to remember about how, when and where to vote in this year’s Local Election.

Races on the 2021 ballot are for the city of Belen, village of Los Lunas, town of Peralta, city of Rio Communities, Belen Board of Education, Los Lunas Board of Education, The University of New Mexico-Valencia campus advisory board and Valencia Soil and Water Conservation District board of supervisors.

There are also two tax questions on the ballot: a general obligation bond for the city of Belen and a mill levy (property tax) continuation for the Belen Consolidated Schools district. 

 

Important Dates:

  • Thursday, Oct 28: Last day to request an absentee ballot
  • Saturday, Oct 30: Last day of early voting
  • Tuesday, Nov 2: Election Day

 

Same Day Registration:

You can register to vote or update your existing registration and vote on the same day at the Valencia County County Clerk’s Office, 444 Luna Ave., Los Lunas, or one of the county’s four Early Voting Locations until Saturday, Oct. 30. See below for a list of Early Voting Locations as well as Voting Convenience Centers open on Election Day.

To register or update your existing registration and vote on the same day, qualified electors should bring one of the following:

(1) a New Mexico driver’s license or New Mexico identification card issued through the motor vehicle division of the taxation and revenue department;

(2) any document that contains an address in the county together with a photo identification card; or

(3) a current valid student photo identification card from a post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico accompanied by a current student fee statement that contains the student’s address in the county.

Voter registration closed on October 5. Any registration received by the county clerk’s office by mail, online or through the Motor Vehicle Department won’t be processed until 35 days after the local election, as per state statute.

 

Request an Absentee Ballot:

Eligible voters can request an absentee ballot application through the SOS website or by calling the county bureau of elections office at (505) 866-2080.

All absentee ballots must include the required information and be received by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 2, to be accepted and counted.

 

Return an Absentee Ballot:

By Mail

Your ballot includes a postage pre-paid official return envelope addressed to the Valencia County Clerk’s Office.  To ensure your ballot arrives by the deadline, Tuesday, Nov. 2, the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office recommends you mail your ballot on or before Tuesday, Oct. 26.  In accordance with state law, if your ballot does not arrive by 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2, it will not be counted.

By Hand Delivery

You may deliver your absentee ballot to the office of the Valencia County clerk, any early voting location or any Voting Convenience Center open on Election Day by 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Delivery Restrictions

Pursuant to state law only a voter, caregiver to that voter or member of that voter’s immediate family may deliver that voter’s absentee ballot to the county clerk in person or by mail. “Immediate family” means the spouse, children, parents or siblings of a voter. If any one of these authorized people returns the mailed ballot of the voter, they must sign the official return envelope.

Ballot Tracking

You may track the status of your absentee ballot HERE.  This website will provide information regarding whether or not the ballot was received by the county clerk and whether it has been accepted.

Voters may also call the Valencia County Clerk’s Office Bureau of Elections – (505) 866-2080 – for information on the status of their absentee ballot.

 

For more voting information, visit the following websites:

New Mexico Secretary of State

Valencia County Clerk’s Office

Valencia County Bureau of Elections

 

 

 

 

VOTING INFORMATION: Absentee by mail

Monday through Friday, through Thursday, Oct. 28

  • Valencia County Clerk’s Office

444 Luna Ave., Los Lunas

Request an absentee ballot by calling the Valencia County Bureau of Elections, 866-2080 or visit the Secretary of State’s website, sos.state.nm.us. Ballots must be returned by 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2.

Absentee ballot secure drop box locations

  • Valencia County Administrative Building

444 Luna Ave., Los Lunas

  • Bosque Farms Public Library

1455 W. Bosque Loop, Bosque Farms

VOTING INFORMATION: Early in-person

8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Oct. 5-29 (Monday through Friday)

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 30

•County Clerk’s Office (Bureau of Elections)

444 Luna Ave., Los Lunas

VOTING INFORMATION: Early voting

10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Oct. 16-30 (Monday through Saturday)

•Belen Community Center

305 Eagle Lane, Belen

•Village of Los Lunas Village Hall

660 Main St., Los Lunas

•Town of Peralta Town Hall

90-A Molina Rd., Peralta

•City of Rio Communities City Hall

360 Rio Communities Blvd., Rio Communities

VOTING INFORMATION: Election Day Voting Convenience Centers

(Any registered Valencia County voter can cast a ballot at any center.)

7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 2

  • Belen Community Center

305 Eagle Ln., Belen

  • Belen Consolidated Schools Administration Building

520 N. Main St., Belen

  • City of Rio Communities City Hall

360 Rio Communities Blvd., Rio Communities

  • Don Jose Dolores Cordova Cultural Center

426 Jarales Rd., Jarales

  • El Cerro Community Center

309 El Cerro Mission Blvd., Los Lunas

  • Los Lunas Schools Administration Building

119 Luna St., Los Lunas

  • Tomé Dominguez de Mendoza Community Center

2933 N.M. 47, Tomé

  • Town of Peralta Town Hall

90-A Molina Rd., Peralta

  • Village of Los Lunas Village Hall

660 Main St., Los Lunas

(Editor’s Note: The village of Bosque Farms opted out of the consolidated local elections in November. The village holds its election in March of even numbered years.)

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Julia M. Dendinger began working at the VCNB in 2006. She covers Valencia County government, Belen Consolidated Schools and the village of Bosque Farms. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists Rio Grande chapter’s board of directors.