- How do the polls close?
- Where to find results
- Absentee Voting
- Federal Qualified Electors and Overseas Voters
- Early Voting
- Where Do I Vote
- Provisional Voting
Your Voting Options
When voting in the state of New Mexico you have several options.
Early Voting is a convenient way to cast your ballot if you have a busy schedule. Visit our Early Voting section to learn more.
Absentee voting allows you to vote at your convenience in the privacy of your own home. If you want to mail in a ballot, visit our Absentee Voting section to learn more.
Federal Qualified Electors and Overseas Voters
If you are a citizen and living outside of the United States you are qualified to vote. Visit our Federal Qualified Electors and Overseas Voters section for more information.
Election Day Voting
Visit “Where do I Vote” for a list of all polling locations and to learn more about voting on Election Day.
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.
Obstructing the Voting Location
Obstruction occurs when voters are blocked from the entrance of the voting location. If obstructing occurs at the voting location that person(s) is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
Disturbing the Voting Location
Disturbing the voting location occurs when anyone creates disorder or disruption at the polling place on election day. Anyone who disturbs the voting location is guilty of a petty misdemeanor.
Election Day Campaigning
Election campaigning within 100 feet of the voting location on Election Day or at any early voting location is guilty of a petty misdemeanor. Campaigning includes display of signs or literature, buttons, t-shirts, hats, pins, or any such items, and includes the verbal or electronic solicitation of votes for any candidate or question on the ballot.
A District Judge is summoned if election returns are locked inside the ballot box. Election returns may be retrieved from the ballot box only if a District Judge is present.
On Election Day the polls will close at 7pm. Here are the steps that election workers go through to complete their tasks at each location.
- If there is still a line at 7pm an election worker will stand at the end of the line to prevent anyone else from joining the line.
- After all voters have completed inserting their ballots into the vote tabulator voting machine, the Presiding Judge will announce that the polls are now closed.
- Once the machine is closed, the vote tabulator machine will start printing out the result tapes. The election workers will print out at least 6 copies of these result tapes and place them in the proper envelopes to return to the County Clerk’s office. One of the results tapes will be posted near the door of the polling location.
- After all the tapes have been printed the vote tabulator machine will be turned off by the election workers and the seal will be broken to remove the results memory card. The memory card will be placed in an envelope and returned to the County Clerk’s office.
- The election workers will remove the voted ballots from the vote tabulator voting machine bin and place them into a locked ballot box and return them to the County Clerk’s office.
- The election workers will lock the ballot box with two padlocks; one key will be mailed to either the district judge or the magistrate judge depending on the type of election. The second key will be returned to the County Clerk’s office. Ballot boxes are not opened until after the deadline to challenge the results.
- The Presiding Judge or designated deputy will then bring all supplies and election results to the County Clerk’s office.
As polls close on election night, you can find results in three locations.
- Results tape posted at the entrance door of the polling location.
- Results are posted to our website, www.donaanacounty.org, as soon as they are returned to the County Clerk’s office.
- You can also access results on the Secretary of State’s website
These results are unofficial and remain unofficial results until state canvass has been completed and certified. You can also call or come into our office and we can print out elections results for you.
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.
How to Vote Absentee
If you are a registered Doña Ana County voter, you are entitled to vote by absentee ballot. Requests for an absentee ballot application may be made by contacting the County Clerk’s Office.
The process works as follows:
First, you request an application for absentee ballot. Then you complete and sign it, and return the completed application to the County Clerk's Office.
Once your eligibility to vote is verified, a ballot will be mailed to you within 48 hours.
Complete the ballot by filling in the ovals next to the candidates of your choice.
Once the ballot is completed, you insert the ballot in the inner secrecy envelope, and then insert the inner secrecy envelope into the mailing envelope.
Complete the oath and sign the mailing envelope, then seal the outer envelope. Please disregard AV Register Number and leave blank.
You may mail or hand deliver the ballot to the County Clerk's Office. All ballots must be returned to the Clerk's Office by 7 pm on Election Day.
If you do not receive your absentee ballot, what do you do?
Please call our office if you have not received your ballot.
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 is a convenient way to cast your ballot if you have a busy schedule. Early voting will take place in the office of the County Clerk and at no fewer than 4 alternative voting locations.
Early Voting Hours for Elections are as follows:
• County Clerk’s office --Beginning the 28th day prior to Election Day on regular days of business from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and ending 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. Fouth St Anthony, NM 88021
- Doña Ana Community College: Chaparral Learning Center - 755 Prescott Anthony Dr. Chaparral, NM 88081
- Doña Ana Community College: Hatch Learning Center - 219 East Hill St. Hatch, NM 87937
- Doña Ana Community College: Sunland Park Center - 3365 McNutt Rd. Sunland Park, NM 88063
- Doña Ana County Government Center - 845 N. Motel Blvd. Las Cruces, NM 88007
- Sonoma Elementary School - 4201 Northrise St. Las Cruces, NM 88011
- Thomas Branigan Memorial Library - 200 E Picacho Ave Las Cruces, NM 88001
In Doña Ana County we use Voting Convenience Centers (VCC). This allows you to vote at any location. This is opposed to traditional polling locations when voters must vote at a specific location assigned to their precinct. This makes voting easier by providing more location choices and reduces the cost of elections. With VCCs, there is no wrong place to vote on Election Day.
What’s the difference?
If VCCs are not used, voters must vote at their assigned polling location. If they go to the wrong location they will be required to vote on a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots can be problematic because when you vote at the wrong polling location you do not necessarily have the ability to vote for all candidates running in your district.
By using VCCs, voters will always receive their true ballot containing the candidates from their district.
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.