Most Frequently Asked Questions

You can call the County Clerk's Office at 505-986-6280 and we will send you the application or you can electronically request an Absentee Ballot from the Secretary of State's website Also, candidate organizations and political parties often carry out absentee application events. This application can be downloaded and printed from the Santa Fe County Clerk's Website Here. Fill out the application and mail it to the County Clerks Office.

Yes, beginning 28 days before any county-wide or federal election, you can vote early in person at the County Clerk's Office. Additionally, Early Voting will expand to several other sites beginning the third Saturday of October.

Yes, beginning the third Saturday before the election there are four early voting sites available throughout the county. In general, early sites are located at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds, Pojoaque Satellite Office, Abedon Lopez Community Center, Christian Life Church, Southside Library, Max Coll Corridor in Eldorado, and Town of Edgewood Administrative Office. The exact locations and hours will be posted at and advertised.

Election Day is 11/7/2023. Early Voting begins at the Clerk's Office on Tuesday, October 10th and will expand to several other sites beginning Saturday, October 21st.

Yes. A voter who has applied for a mailed ballot or who has been sent a mailed ballot may execute an affidavit stating that the person did not and will not vote the mailed ballot that was issued. Upon receipt of the sworn affidavit, if the ballot register does not show that a ballot from the voter has been cast in that election, the county clerk shall void the mailed ballot that was previously issued to the voter.

You may request your application at any time. Ballots are mailed starting 28 days before that election.

No, but remember that New Mexico has a closed Primary Election and, unless you declare affiliation with a major party (at this time Democrats, Republicans and Libertarian only), you cannot vote in a Primary Election. You may vote in all other elections (i.e., municipal, school, general or special bond and tax elections).

In general, 28 days before an election, but every polling site will have the option for Same Day Registration if necessary.

Not always. There have been instances where unethical individuals do not turn in these forms and voters do not get registered and do not receive a ballot. If you are concerned, apply directly with the County Clerk's Office.

Yes, just call the Office of the County Clerk at 986-6280, and we will mail you a certificate of registration, which you can complete and mail back.


There is no durational requirement for voter registration in New Mexico. Once you have established a residential address, you may register to vote.

Yes, usually within three weeks of registration, except for those times when the books have been closed for an election.

You must be 18 on or by the date of the next election. However, you can be 17 and vote in a Primary Election, given that you will turn 18 before the concurrent General Election.

If you register in person, you do not need any identifying documents. However, if you are a first time registrant by mail, you need to send in one of the following documents with your registration if you wish to avoid showing identification at the polls on Election Day: A copy of a valid driver's license or other photo identification, with or without an address; a copy of a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck; student identification, tribal identification, or other government document.

Sample ballots will be available in September at

The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Early Voting Sites are open from noon until 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday - Friday and from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday beginning October 21st. Your County Clerk's Office is open for early voting during regular business hours beginning October 10th.

Go to your polling place and explain that you never received your ballot. You will have to sign a sworn statement that you did not receive or vote your absentee ballot, and you will be given a paper ballot to vote.

Great! We always need good poll workers. Please contact our coordinator for poll workers, Andrea Tapia at 505-995-2788, fill out the online form at or leave a message with any other member of the county clerk's staff.

A written request by a voter to cancel the voter's registration is required. Fill out the cancellation form and mail it to the County Clerk's office.

No. Masks are optional for voters but you are absolutely welcome to wear one. Proof of vaccination is also not required in order to vote. We do ask that you respect social distancing if waiting in line.

If you qualify, visit and fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). These ballots will be sent out on Saturday, September 23th.

You may request assistance in voting at the polls if you are blind, physically disabled, unable to read or write, or a member of a language minority (Section 1-12-12, NMSA 1978). Any person of your choice may assist you, except your employer, an agent of the employer, an officer or agent of your union, or a candidate whose name is on the ballot (Section 1-12-15, NMSA 1978).

If you become ill after the period for absentee balloting and are unable to go to the polls, you may request, in writing, that an alternative ballot be made available to you. The written request must be signed by the voter and a health care provider under penalty of perjury (Section 1-6-16.2, NMSA 1978).

New Mexico uses paper ballots that are scanned on an optical scan tabulating system. This system is used for early voting, absentee voting and Election Day at each polling location. New Mexico's voting equipment is uniform state-wide: Dominion Voting Systems Imagecast Evolution and Imagecast Precinct with ballot marking device (ADA Compliant).

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