New Mexico voting issues
This page is part of the Election Protection Wiki,
- 1 Election and registration information
- 2 Governmental election authorities
- 3 Election threats
- 4 State and local non-governmental election organizations
- 5 Articles and resources
Election and registration information
Voter ID requirement:
As used in the Election Code, "required voter identification' forms of identification as chosen by the voter: (A) a physical form of identification, which may be: (1) an original or copy of a current and valid photo identification with or without an address, which address is not required to match the voter's certificate of registration or a voter identification card: or (2) an original or copy of a 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 the name and address of the person, the address of which is not required to match the voter's certificate of registration; or (B) a verbal or written statement by the voter of the voter's name, year of birth and registered address; provided, however, that the statement of the voter's name need not contain the voter's middle initial or suffix.
- If a voter fails to provide the required voter identification, the voter shall be allowed to vote on a provisional ballot.
- Each application for an absentee ballot shall be subscribed by the applicant and shall require the applicant's printed name, year of birth and registered address to be supplied by the applicant, which shall constitute the required form of identification.
- A first time registrant who submits the registration by mail may only use options under (A)(1) and (A)(2).
If you do not have the required ID, or are not on the voter rolls, you can cast a provisional ballot. If a voter failed to bring ID with him to the polls, the voter may bring ID to the county clerk up until the Friday before the third Tuesday.
By administrative rule, county clerks determine whether the provisional voter is eligible. County commission functions as canvass board and actually “counts” the ballots. If a voters’ provisional ballot may be rejected, the voter is notified by registered mail and has until the Friday before the third Tuesday to contact the county clerk to provide additional information.
- The outer envelope of the provisional ballot serves as a voter registration application.
Voter bill of rights
Every registered voter in New Mexico has the right to:
- Inspect a sample ballot before voting;
- Ask for and receive instructions on how to operate the voting machine or mark a paper ballot;
- Ask for and receive instructions on how to cast a provisional ballot if your name is not on the list of voters or if you are required to provide identification and did not bring it to the polls;
- Vote a provisional ballot if you registered by mail for the first time in this county and did not provide identification when you registered or do not have it with you today; If you provide a current address in this county and valid photo ID, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address, you may vote on the voting machine today;
- Vote by emergency paper ballot if the voting machine is broken and cannot be repaired in a reasonable length of time;
- Ask for, receive and vote another paper ballot if your paper ballot is spoiled or defective;
- Cast a ballot if you are in line when the polls close;
- Be assisted by a person of your choice if you are disabled or need help reading the ballot (your employer or an agent of your employer, an officer or agent of your union or a candidate on the ballot for this election are not allowed to provide assistance); and
- Vote free from intimidation by election officials or any other person.
False voting, bribery, coercion, or intimidation are election crimes and subject to prosecution.
To Report Complaints or Irregularities in the Polling Place, Call:
- Office of the Secretary of State
- Polling Places Are Open From 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Early voting may be done Tuesday-Friday from 12:00 Noon to 8:00 p.m. and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. beginning on the 3rd Saturday before the Election and ending on the Saturday before the Election.
You may also vote in your County Clerk’s office 28 days before the election during regular hours of business.
For the 2008 election New Mexico used the following voting machines. For a county-by-county list of the specific machines (and the source for this section) see Verified Votings' Verifier tool.
- Main article: Voting machines
Optical scan machines:
Assistive Devices for Marking Paper Ballots:
Secretary of State: Mary Herrera
- website: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/
- Bureau of Elections, Office of the Secretary of State
- (505) 827-3600 or (800) 477-3632
- This web page has a complete list of country clerk contact information for every country.
State and local non-governmental election organizations
League of Women Voters
LWV of New Mexico
Katherine Campbell, President; Linda Moscarella, Co-President
- 2403 San Mateo Blvd. NE Suite W-16C
- Albuquerque, NM 87110
- Phone: 505-884-8441
- Fax: 505-884-8488
United Voters of New Mexico
Description: United Voters of New Mexico provides a forum for information sharing, citizen action, and educational opportunities to improve the accuracy, accountability and transparency of our election process. We are comprised of a broad coalition of citizens and not- for-profit organizations who are concerned about voting integrity issues in New Mexico and across the country.
- Website: http://uvotenm.org/
Voter Action New Mexico
Articles and resources
- The main page on election protection and reform organizations.
- All articles in the Election Protection Wiki project.
- For election day: Things citizens can do to monitor elections and If you are told you cannot vote.
- GoVote.org locates your polling place and other voting information.
- Google map polling locations locates most polling location, may be missing or out of date.
Election Protection hotlines
- 866-OUR-VOTE (National Election Protection Hotline)
- 888-VE-Y-VOTA (Español)
- 800-966-5946 (AALDEF, Asian languages)
- 866-MYVOTE1 (Tom Joyner Hotline - VoterAction, NAACP National Voter Fund)
- 877-523-2792 (ACLU Voting Rights Project Hotline)
- 877-US4-OBAMA (Obama campaign Voter Hotline)
- 866-976-VOTE (McCain campaign Honest and Open Election hotline - leave a message)
- 877-GOCNN08 (CNN Voter Problem Tipline)
- 888-VOTE-TIP (VelvetRevolution Election Protection Hotline for fraud)
- 567-258-VOTE (Twitter Vote Report key in report or leave audio message)
- ACLU's "Know Your Voting Rights - State by State" -- printable brochures summarizing your voting rights, for most states.
- One-page know your rights summaries for 27 states from the AFL-CIO.
- Click here to see the voter ID requirements in all states. From the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Election officials, election reform groups, and elected officials
- Why Tuesday? offers a page for New Mexico that helps locate New Mexico's elections officials, election reform groups, and elected officials, as well as a page titled Find a group in your area that lets you find similar information for other states.
- Click here to request an absentee ballot. Go Vote Absentee is a project of the Women Donors Network.
- Information for voters with disabilities from NDRN.
Student voting rights
- See New Mexico Student Voting Rights for a guide to student voting rights in New Mexico. See Student Voting Rights for a guide to other states. From the Brennan Center for Justice.
- See how organizations you trust recommend you vote on ballot measures and other statewide contests at TransparentDemocracy.
- Help in other languages from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission. 中文, 日本語, 한국어, Tagalog, Tiếng Việt, Español
- Verified Voting's New Mexico page, which provides detailed information on voting equipment in use in every county in New Mexico.
- Election Law @ Moritz's New Mexico page, which provides detailed information on election law developments in New Mexico. See map page to see the information for election developments in any given state.
- Election Law @ Moritz's New Mexico general information page, which provides information on New Mexico election authorities, post-election processes, and other topics. See map page to see this information for any given state.
- Student Voting Project New Mexico a Brennan Center for Justice explanation of student voting rights in New Mexico.