As of Friday, Aug. 28, registered voters in New Mexico can begin using the Secretary of State’s online absentee ballot request portal to apply for an absentee ballot for the Tuesday, Nov. 3, General Election.
New Mexico is a “no-excuse” absentee ballot state, meaning that any registered voter is able to apply for, receive, and vote with an absentee ballot.
Voters in New Mexico have already been able to apply for an absentee ballot directly through their county clerk by submitting a paper form, but the online application process is another convenient option for any voter who chooses to use it.
Voters should know that regardless of when they applied for their absentee ballot, Tuesday, Oct. 6, is the first day county clerks can send out absentee ballots to those who have requested them.
Wednesday, Oct. 20, is the last day for voters to request an absentee ballot for the General Election, and it is suggested that voters mail back their completed absentee ballot no later than Tuesday, Oct. 27, in order for it to be received by their county clerk before 7 p.m. on Nov. 3.
Valencia County commissioners approved 17 Voting Convenience Centers — some new, some old — for the upcoming General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Remember: New Mexico is not a “postmark” state, so county clerks cannot accept any mailed ballots that arrive after 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, no matter when they were put in the mail.
Voters should also know if their absentee ballot is not completed correctly, a notification with the reason why the absentee ballot was not accepted will be sent by the county clerk to that voter within 24 hours of receiving it.
That notification will include instructions on how the voter can remedy whatever discrepancy led to their ballot not being accepted.
Intelligent mail barcodes are now being used for all mailed ballots to better inform voters about the status and location of their ballot.
Voters can confirm at NMVOTE.org whether their application was received by their county clerk and whether it was accepted.
In addition, voters may confirm the current delivery status of their ballot, and, ultimately, whether or not their ballot has been received back by the county clerk.
Early voting locations open in each county beginning on Saturday, Oct. 17 and continue through Saturday, Oct. 31.
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, with in-person polling locations open in each county from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“Voting by absentee ballot is a safe and secure way to make your voice heard in November while also protecting your health and the health of your community,” said Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. “The COVID-19 crisis is sadly still with us, but New Mexico’s election administrators are prepared and are providing a number of ways for voters to cast their ballot, whether by mailing an absentee ballot, dropping your completed absentee ballot off with your county clerk or designated drop location, or by voting in-person during early voting or on Election Day.”
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