Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
- How do I vote absentee by mail and do I need a reason?
- When does absentee voting by mail and voting early in person begin?
- Will I still have the option to vote Absentee or Early Voting?
Voting Convenience Center
Registering to Vote
- Who can register to vote?
- When can I register to vote?
- Where do I register to vote?
- Can I register or change my registration by mail?
- Why do you need to know where I live?
- Why do you need my Social Security number?
- Must I register as a member of a political party?
- What is a major political party?
- May I register by using my business address?
- What if I move to a new address?
- What if my name changes?
- How do I change my political-party affiliation?
- Do I need to register for each election?
- How will I know if my voter registration or change has been accepted?
- Can I register to vote at the polls on Election Day?
- What is a provisional ballot?
- What is a Primary Election and when is it held?
- What is a General Election and when is it held?
- Can I receive assistance if I need it in order to vote?
- How can I find out who is running for office and how the ballot will look?
- How do I become a candidate?
- If I become a candidate, what kinds of reports must I file and with what office?
- Will the voting process be completed in a timely manner?
Polling Locations & District Maps
- Why do I vote at different places in different elections?
- Why do I vote somewhere else when there is a polling place closer to my house?
- What changes can I expect at the polling site on Election Day?
Become a Poll Worker
Third Party Registration Agents(VRA)
No, you do not need a reason to vote absentee; any registered voter may vote absentee. To request an absentee ballot, contact: Doña Ana County Clerk's Office for statewide, county, city, special and school district elections - Doña Ana County Clerk's Office 845 N. Motel Blvd. Las Cruces, N.M. 88007 (575) 647-7428. To request an absentee online, please go to NMVote.org.
In statewide, county, special and school-district elections, a person may vote by mail beginning on the 28th day before Election Day. The absentee ballot must be received at the County Clerk’s Office either by mail or personal delivery by no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. The ballot may also be delivered to any voting convenience center by 7 p.m. on Election Day. For town, village and city elections, please consult with the appropriate Clerk’s Office. In statewide, county and special district elections, a person may vote early in person at the Doña Ana County Clerk's Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting on the 28th day preceding the election, and from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the Saturday before the election (The deadline is 25 days preceding school-district elections). In addition, beginning on the third Saturday before a Primary or General Election Day, a person may vote early in person at any one of seven locations from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Early-voting locations will be posted on this website approximately 45 days prior to Election Day. For city, town and village elections, please consult with the appropriate municipal Clerk’s Office.
Yes, absentee and early voting will be carried out in the same manner as in a traditional election setting.
Voting Convenience Center
The VCC model is about voter choice. Traditional, precinct-specific voting required Election Day voters to vote only at their assigned voting sites. VCC’s provide the option among 38 sites throughout Dona Ana County and choosing the one that is most convenient to their needs and schedule on Election Day.
- The Vote Center Model was first implemented in 2003 at Larimer County, Colorado
- Early success of the Colorado VCC model led other jurisdictions to consider its advantages over the traditional model. At least seven states have piloted a VCC concept. In New Mexico currently some counties have moved to the full VCC model or a similar concept.
- In New Mexico, Senate Bill 337, passed by the 2011 Legislature and signed by Governor Martinez, provides County Clerks the option to utilize Voting Convenience Centers in the future elections.
- SB 337 requires each consolidation to consist of no more than 10 regular precincts
Registering to Vote
The general voter registration period ends 28 days before an election. However, at the County Clerk’s Office and at some alternate early voting sites during the twenty-eight days prior to Election Day, a qualified elector may seek to register to vote or update an existing certificate of registration immediately before voting. The voter shall provide:
1. a New Mexico driver's license or New Mexico identification card issued through the motor vehicle division of the taxation and revenue department;
any document that contains an address in the county together with a photo identification card; or
2. 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.
You must register with a major political party (Democrat or Republican) if you wish to take part in that party's primary election, caucus, or convention.
Updating the information on your voter registration is simple; just submit a new form with the updated information to application to the County Clerk's Office (845 N. Motel Blvd, Las Cruces, NM 88007) or to the Secretary of State's Office (325 Don Gaspar Suite 300, Santa Fe, NM 87503), or you may update your information at NMVote.org.
At the Doña Ana County Clerk's Office, 845 North Motel Blvd., Las Cruces. You may also register at any of the following locations: ANTHONY ANTHONY WIC OFFICE 865 N. MAIN (575) 882-2221 CHILDREN YOUTH & FAMILIES 945 ANTHONY DR. (575) 882-7871 HUMAN SERVICES DEPT. 220 CROSSETT (575) 882-5781(x212) CHAPARRAL CHAPARRAL WIC OFFICE 317 MCCOMBS (575) 824-4585 HATCH HATCH PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE 112 W. HALSELL (575) 267-5213 DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES 1997 FRANKLIN (575) 267-1686 LAS CRUCES ASNMSU OFFICES 2ND FLOOR CORBETT CENTER NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS (575) 646-4415 CHILDREN YOUTH & FAMILIES 760 N. MOTEL BLVD. STE. C (575) 524-6046 (X 119) COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND 277 E. AMADOR STE.101 (575) 524-6450 COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY 320 WYATT DR. (575) 527-8799 DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES 505 S. MAIN STE. 357 (575) 524-6215 DOÑA ANA HEALTH OFFICE 5595 ELKS RD. (575) 523-7991 EAST MESA PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE 5220 HOLMAN RD (575) 382-0641 EXT. (111) LAS CRUCES HOUSING AUTHORITY 926 SAN PEDRO ST. (575) 526-5541 HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES EAST 2121 SUMMITT COURT (575) 524-6568 (X180) HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WEST 655 UTAH AVE. (575) 524-6500 NEW MEXICO BORDER HEALTH OFFICE 1170 N. SOLANO (575) 528-5754 NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR 226 S. ALAMEDA (575) 524-6250 NEW MEXICO WORKS OFFICE 750 N. MOTEL BLVD (575) 523-7580 MOUNTAIN SHADOWS 800 N. TELSHOR STE B (575) 521-1366 MVD EXPRESS 3961 E. LOHMAN STE 20 (575) 373-1367 PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE WEST 1850 COOPER LOOP 1A (575) 523-7202 THE ABILITY CENTER 715 E. IDAHO BLDG. 3-E (575) 526-5016 SUN COUNTRY CASE MANAGEMENT 133 WYATT DR. (575) 525-1969 THOMAS BRANIGAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY 200 E. PICACHO (575) 528-4010 NEW MEXICO VETERAN’S COMMISSION 2024 E GRIGGS AVE (575) 524-6220 VOCATIONAL REHAB 210 NEVAREZ (575) 524-6135 (X109) MESILLA LA CLINICA DE FAMILIA ONATE PLAZA STE. 7 (575) 524-3571 SUNLAND PARK SUNLAND PARK PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE 3807 MCNUTT RD. (575) 589-0805 DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES 880 MCNUTT RD (575) 589-5015 WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE MCAFFEE WIC CLINIC BLDG. 530 MISSLE RANGE (575) 678-1138 DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES BLDG. HT 304 MISSILE RANGE (575) 678-8824
When the Bureau of Elections receives your voter-registration form, a precinct and polling place are assigned to you based on where you live. Your physical address determines the precinct and polling place to which you are assigned.
State law requires us to obtain your Social Security number (NMSA 1978, § 1-5-19). It is used for voter-identification purposes, and to avoid multiple registrations by a single individual. Certificates of voter registration accepted by the County Clerk are public records and open to inspection by the public with the exception of your Social Security number and date of birth (NMSA 1978, § § 1-4-5 and 1-4-12).
No. It is not necessary to register with a political party in order to vote. However, New Mexico is a “closed” primary state, meaning that you must be registered with a major political party (Democrat or Republican) in order to vote in that party’s primary election.
A political party is designated as “major” if its candidates received at least 5 percent of the total number of votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential race, and whose membership is at least one third of the state's total registered voters. A “minor” political party in one in which none of its candidates received at least 5 percent of the votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential race.
No. Your precinct and polling place are based on where you live. It is unlawful to use an address for voter-registration purposes that is not your permanent residence. You may, however, use any address (including a post-office box) for a mailing address.
If you have moved or changed your mailing address, you should fill out a new registration form. It is important that you notify the County Clerk’s Office of any change in either your residential or mailing address. If you don't, you may be required to cast a provisional ballot on Election Day, as discussed below.
No. Your voter registration is permanent, unless you don’t vote for four (4) years and/or if you fail to return a voter notice from the Bureau of Elections. Your registration will automatically be cancelled if the County Clerk’s office is notified that you have moved from the county, been convicted of a felony or been declared mentally incompetent.
A voter-information card will be mailed to you. This card will include information identifying your polling place, and the districts in which you reside and can vote for (Congress, State Legislature, School Board, etc.).
Yes and no. You may register at the polls, but you will not be eligible to vote that day, and your registration will not be filed until the Monday following the election. To qualify to vote, you must be registered at least 28 days prior to Election Day.
A provisional ballot is a way of ensuring that every eligible voter has a chance to cast a ballot. When a voter goes to vote in a precinct in which he or she is not registered, there is no record in that precinct as to where the voter resides or even if s/he is registered. As a result, the voter is given the option to locate the correct polling location and go there, or fill out a provisional ballot. The ballot is then sealed in an envelope and turned over to a poll worker. Shortly after Election Day, the Canvassing Board appointed by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners opens the envelope and searches the voter-registration rolls to determine whether the voter is registered, eligible to vote and did NOT cast a vote at his/her polling place. If so, the ballot is accepted and the votes that the voter is qualified to cast are counted. Provisional ballots should be avoided, whenever possible. When a voter votes outside of the precinct in which s/he is registered, that precinct may have candidates on the ballot for whom the voter is not entitled to vote. For instance, that precinct may have a different State Senator or County Commissioner than the one who actually represents the voter’s home address. In that situation, votes cast for such a candidate will not be counted. Likewise, the voter may miss the opportunity to vote for the candidates who actually represent him/her in a local race.
A Primary Election is held by each major political party for the purpose allowing registered party voters to select the candidates who will represent their party in the General Election. A voter registered in one party may not vote for candidates in another party. The Primary Election is held on the first Tuesday in June in each even-numbered year. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A General Election is held to determine which candidates from all parties, including write-in candidates, will be elected to serve in the office for which they are running. In the General Election, you can vote for any candidate, regardless of your political party or unaffiliated registration. The election is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each even-numbered year.
Yes, assistance is available to any voter who is blind, physically disabled, unable to read or write, or who requires assistance in operating the voting machine. The voter must tell the poll worker in advance that assistance is required, and the voter will then be accompanied to the ballot booth by a person of the voter’s choice EXCEPT the voter’s employer or agent, an officer or agent of the voter’s labor union, or a candidate whose name appears upon the ballot.
Sample ballots are available at the Doña Ana County Clerk's Office in advance of each election and at the polls on Election Day. The sample ballot will look the same as the ballot on the voting machine. For municipal or school elections, contact the appropriate city, town or village clerk for sample ballots.
The requirements for each office are different. Please contact the appropriate county, city, town or village clerk for specific information, and to determine which services they may make available to candidates, i.e., voter registration lists, etc. If a voter is interested in running for office in a partisan election (as a Democrat, Republican, minority party, independent or write-in candidate), it is important that the voter’s registration is correct in January of the even-numbered election year when the Governor issues the Proclamation of Election.
Candidates are required to file various campaign reports, primarily detailing receipts and expenditures. This is done on-line at the Secretary of State’s website. Click on the Candidate Information Page for instructions and forms. You will need Adobe Acrobat to view and print documents.
Yes. Because of a study recently completed analysis estimated that 90% of Election Day voters will wait in line less than 15 minutes, about the same or less time than traditional precinct based voting.
Polling Locations & District Maps
Primary and General Elections are held in all precincts and polling places in the county. To save money, however, precincts can be consolidated for localized elections. When consolidation occurs, several precincts are designated to vote at a single polling location. Thus, the voter may vote at one location in the General and Primary Elections but at another location in a county, municipal, special or school-district election.
By law, precinct boundary lines must be drawn using physical boundaries like streets, arroyos, power lines, etc. If a voter lives on one side of a precinct boundary line, the voter is not entitled to vote in the adjoining precinct, even if the adjoining precinct's polling place is closer to the voter’s home.
Voting at a VCC will be conducted in nearly the same fashion as traditional voting with the exceptions that voters will obtain their ballot on demand (BOD). When voters provide the Poll worker with the required identification, the clerk will search for the voter record on a secure, networked system to verify eligibility. A paper ballot is printed conforming to the registration model. The secured network system operates on a dedicated server and updates real-time which enhances efficiency.
Become a Poll Worker
Contact the Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections at (575) 647-7428. You must be a registered voter, although party affiliation is not a factor. Presiding judges receive $200 for working on Election Day. Judges and clerks receive $150 for their services on Election Day.
Third Party Registration Agents(VRA)
Please visit the Bureau of Elections office if you’re interested in registering people to vote. You will need to bring a photo ID as part of the registration process. For further information, call the Bureau of Elections at 575-647-7428.