Absentee voting in New Mexico, also called “mail-in voting” or “by-mail voting”, is casting your vote by mail-in ballot before the day of the Election. All states will mail a ballot to you if specific criteria are met, but some states have much stricter rules to meet these conditions. The voter may return the ballot in person or by mail. With uncertainties and unknowns around USPS delivery of your "mail-in" ballot during Covid-19, you may want to check for ballot drop-off boxes in your area as an alternative way to deliver your absentee ballot.
Voters may cast an absentee ballot or vote in person at their local County Clerk’s office or an early voting location prior to Election Day. No excuse is required to vote with an absentee ballot. The most important thing to know for voters who will be using an absentee ballot for the 2020 General Election is that you should mail your completed ballot back to your county clerk no later than October 27th to ensure it arrives before 7pm on Election Day.
Early In-person Voting
Early voting in New Mexico allows you to cast your vote in person before the day of the Election at specific polling locations that may differ from the Election Day locations. Voting early in person allows you to cast your vote while the number of people waiting to vote is much smaller than Election Day. Please follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.
- You may also vote early in-person, instead of voting by mail. You may go to your county clerk’s office beginning the 28th day before the election and vote. (Section 1-6-5, NMSA 1978).
- Expanded early voting is available in many counties beginning on the third Saturday before the election. Look up early voting locations here or call your county clerk for locations and dates and hours of operation.
- Early voting ends the Saturday before the election.
Election Day In-person Voting
If you’re voting in person in New Mexico on November 3rd, 2020 follow the recommended CDC Covid-19 safety guidelines.