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Upcoming Elections in New Mexico

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - General Election Day
Candidate Ballot Access - Filing begins: Primary: Filing day for statewide, federal and US Rep. candidates February 2,2016
Candidate Ballot Access - Independent candidates Filing deadline: Primary: Filing day for all minor and independent candidates June 30,2016
Voter Registration Ends: Last day to register October 11,2016
Absentee Ballot Begins: Absentee Voting Begins October 11,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Early voting starts October 11,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting starts: Early Voting Begins October 22,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline: Last day to request for absentee ballot November 4,2016
Early Voting/In Person Absentee voting ends: Early Voting Ends November 5,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline : Last day to return absentee ballot November 8,2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Hobbs Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Sam Cobb - Population(35,007)
November 8, 2016
  • Electoral College Election
December 19, 2016

Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

On election day a voter may absent himself from employment in which he is engaged for two hours for the purpose of voting between the time of opening and the time of closing the polls. The voter shall not be liable to any penalty for such absence; however, the employer may specify the hours during this period in which the voter may be absent.

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

Do I need to present identification when I vote?

  • You do not have to present a photo ID. Only if you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, then you must submit with the form a copy of (1) a current and valid photo identification; or (2) 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. If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you would be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.
  • Please note that some municipal jurisdictions in New Mexico do have voter id ordinances in place that require voter id be presented to vote in city elections. This includes the City of Albuquerque and the City of Rio Rancho.

What identification do I need to provide?

  • A physical form of identification is only required for first-time New Mexico voters who registered by mail and did not include identification with their voter registration application form.
  • Otherwise, you will be asked to provide a verbal or written statement of identification including your name, year of birth, and registered address.

Can I vote if my status is inactive?

  • Yes, an "inactive" status does not prohibit any registered voter to vote. You will vote like usual and your status will return to "active."

How can military and overseas voters participate in voting in an election?

  • Information, deadlines and eligibility requirements for military and overseas voters can be found here.

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Can I Register To Vote At The Polls On Election Day?

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Am I eligible To Vote Absentee Ballot in New Mexico?

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If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

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