- Absentee Voting
- Federal Qualified Electors and Overseas Voters
- Early Voting
- Where Do I Vote on Election Day
- Provisional Voting
Any registrant may vote by absentee ballot for all candidates and on all questions appearing on the ballot as if you were casting it in person at a regular polling place on Election Day. You will need to formally request an absentee ballot. Once we receive your request, beginning 28 days before the election, we will mail you a ballot and the required envelopes you will use to return the ballot to us. All ballots must be returned in the provided envelopes by 7 p.m. on Election Day. All absentee ballot applications must be received no later than the Friday immediately prior to the date of the election. View our Absentee Voting Application. A person who willfully and with knowledge and intent to deceive or mislead any voter, precinct board, canvassing board, county clerk or other election official and who falsifies any information on an absentee ballot request form or who affixes a signature or mark other than the person's own on an absentee ballot request form is guilty of a fourth degree felony.
Whether you are active military or for other reasons live outside of the United States, you are qualified to vote from your last residence before leaving the country. You need to request an absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program to help you through the process. Qualified applications from Federal Qualified Electors and Overseas Voters will, beginning 45 days prior to the election, be mailed an absentee ballot and the required envelops for use in returning the ballot. Federal qualified electors and overseas registrants may request an absentee ballot through Election Day. All other absentee requests must be received no later than the Friday immediately prior to the date of the election. All ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on Election Day. If you request an absentee or Federal/Oversees ballot and show up to vote early or vote on Election Day, you will be required to vote on a provisional ballot to ensure the integrity of the election process. A person who willfully and with knowledge and intent to deceive or mislead any voter, precinct board, canvassing board, county clerk or other election official and who falsifies any information on an absentee ballot request form or who affixes a signature or mark other than the person's own on an absentee ballot request form is guilty of a fourth degree felony. Click on the links below for more information:
- Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP)
- Army Voting Assistance Program
- Air Force Voting Assistance Program
- Navy Voting Assistance Program
- Marine Corps Voting Assistance Program
EARLY VOTING HOURS FOR ELECTIONS ARE AS FOLLOWS:
• County Clerk’s Office, 845 N. Motel Blvd. - Beginning the 28th day prior to Election Day on regular days of business from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Note: The only Saturday that this early voting location is open is the Saturday prior to Election Day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• Alternate voting locations – Voting at alternate locations begins the third Saturday prior to Election Day and ends on the Saturday prior to Election Day. These locations will be open each day except Sundays and Mondays. The hours of operation are Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7p.m.
Our Early Voting Locations:
- Anthony Elementary School - 600 N. Fourth St Anthony, NM 88021
- Delores C Wright Educational Center - 400 E Lisa Dr, Chaparral, NM 88081
- Hatch High School - 170 E Herrera Rd, Hatch, NM 87937
- Doña Ana Community College: Sunland Park Center - 3365 McNutt Rd. Sunland Park, NM 88063
- Sonoma Elementary School - 4201 Northrise St. Las Cruces, NM 88011
- Thomas Branigan Memorial Library - 200 E Picacho Ave Las Cruces, NM 88001
- NMSU Corbett Center – 1600 International Mall, Las Cruces, NM 88003
In Doña Ana County we use Voting Convenience Centers (VCC). This allows you to vote at any location, regardless of your precinct.
What to Expect When Voting
At your polling location you can expect friendly and professional service from trained election officials.
These election officials are trained on New Mexico election law and can answer most of your questions related to voting. These officials include: one Presiding Judge who is in charge of the location, Election Judges who are responsible for helping to check in voters and answer questions, and Election Clerks who check in voters. If you have questions that they cannot answer, please contact the Bureau of Elections at (575) 647-7428.
In addition to our election officials, inside the voting location you may come across Watchers and Challengers who are not affiliated with our office. These individuals have been appointed by political parties, candidates or other organizations to observe the process. Click here to learn more about Watchers and Challengers.
On Election Day the polls will close at 7:00 pm. If there is still a line at 7:00 pm, an election worker will stand at the end of the line to prevent anyone else from joining the line and to allow those who were in line on time to vote.
If you go to vote and the election workers cannot locate your information, election workers will offer you a provisional ballot.
The provisional voting process is slightly different than normal, but if you are verified to be a qualified voter, your vote will count the same.
Instead of placing the ballot into a machine to be read you will place it into a sealed envelope. You will need to fill out your information and sign the envelope.
These sealed provisional ballots will be returned to the County Clerk’s office on election night for review. Once the provisional ballots have been reviewed, they will be taken to the canvassing board to be counted or rejected depending on the qualifications of the voter.