Giving You All the Tools You Need to Cast an Educated Vote
Everything You Need to Know About Voting in New Mexico
Having the opportunity to vote and choose your elected officials are is a great privilege. For many, the process can sometimes be overwhelming or confusing. Viante wants to make voting a straight-forward process so you know exactly where and when to vote, what you need to vote on, and where you can get nonpartisan information on candidates and issues.
Being an educated voter is a crucial part of democracy. Viante gives you the resources to consider what to think about, not who to vote for or to what to think.
Make Sure You Are Registered To Vote
Not sure if you are registered to vote in New Mexico, or if your voter registration is up to date? Do a quick check before you head to the polls. It’s easy to check, you just need to provide the following:
- First and Last Name
- Date of Birth
- The County You Live In
The deadline to register to vote ahead of time in the 2021 General Election is October 5th, 2021. You can register online here. After this date you can register in person at the County Clerk’s Office and various early voting locations.
Decide HOW You Want to Vote
It is entirely YOUR CHOICE to vote by absentee by mail or in person via early voting or election day voting.
How you decide to exercise your right to vote in the general election is personal and private. As such, here is important information to know about your options.
- In New Mexico, any registered voter can request their absentee ballot of vote, absentee, in person at their local County Clerk’s office or early voting location prior to Election Day. An excuse is not required nor is a notary signature. For more information on absentee or mail-in voting watch, this webinar Viante hosted before the 2020 Primary Election.
- Requesting an Absentee Ballot
- Important Absentee Voting dates
- October 5th, 2021: Absentee Ballots start to be sent out
- October 5th, 2021 through October 15th, 2021: In-person Absentee voting at County Clerk Offices
- October 25th, 2021: Recommended deadline to mail completed Absentee Ballot back in order to be processed and counted
- Absentee ballots can allow you more time with your ballot to research the candidates and issues. But, absentee voters need to be careful to mail their ballots back in time to be counted. Ballots must be received before Election Day, Tuesday November 2nd, 2021.
- Forget to mail your ballot back in time? No worries! You can drop off your ballot at your county clerk’s office or any early or election day voting site.
- Extra precautions are being taken to secure absentee ballots. You will need to fill it out according to the instructions, including writing your signature and the last four digits of your social security number on the sealed envelope. Your ballot will also be given an intelligent barcode to give you the ability to track your ballot online.
Early In-Person Voting
- Early voting allows voters more time to get to the polls and cast their votes. Each county has a different number of sites and hours of operation. Make sure that whichever Early Voting location you choose to use is in the county you are registered to vote in.
- Important Early In-Person Voting Dates
- Saturday, October 16th, 2021 through Saturday, October 30th, 2021.
- Use Viante’s Early In-Person voting map to find the most convenient location for you. Pay attention to the notes in the map to identify the hours and days of operation for any given location.
Election Day Voting
- In accordance with American tradition, the election is on the first Tuesday in November from 7 am to 7 pm. This year, Election Day is on Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021.
- Election day voting location can be found here. You can vote at any location in your registered county.
What You Need To Vote
Voting in person? Here’s what you need to bring with you.
- First-time voter: a physical form of ID is only required if you registered by mail and did not include identification with the voter registration application form.
- If you are not a first-time voter: you only need to bring yourself! You will have to provide a verbal or written statement of identification including your name, year of birth & registered address (find out what address you registered under).
- Bring your ballot worksheet. We provide resources for you to research your ballot prior to getting in the voting booth down below. Print those out and bring them with you so you can know who and what you are voting on.
Viante will be hosting ballot parties beginning this fall. We will offer information about bonds and info on ballots for your district. Information and discussion will be non-partisan. Sign up to learn more.
Utilize Viante’s Scorecard to find out who your State Representative and Senator are, how often they show up for floor votes, and how they vote on common ground solutions for New Mexico’s crime, education, and economic opportunity challenges. Viante’s Scorecard is meant to be one of many references for you to consider if your incumbent legislator is putting New Mexico above partisan politics.
Third Party Candidate and Issues Guide
The League of Women Voters New Mexico is utilizing a new website to share ballot information and candidate survey results. You’ll need to enter your registered address to access information on your ballot. Your local newspaper may also give reccomendations and endorsements for local, state and federal candidates in your area. Here is the Albuquerque Journal, Santa Fe New Mexican, and Las Cruces Sun News endorsements.
Every judicial election cycle the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) conducts a survey to see how New Mexico’s judges are performing. The JPEC consists of 15 volunteer members from across the state – seven lawyers and eight non-lawyers from diverse professions – all of whom are appointed to staggered terms. As part of the evaluation process, the JPEC distributes confidential surveys to lawyers, jurors and others who interact with the court, as well as conducts interviews with the judges, sends observers into courtrooms and reviews relevant statistics from the Administrative Office of the Courts. This year, 3 judges were reccomended to NOT RETAIN. Read more about that here.
Ballot Questions, Constitutional Amendments, and General Obligation Bonds
The New Mexico Secretary of State prepares a guide on the issues you will see on your ballot beyond the candidates. Ballot Questions, Constitutional Amendments, and General Obiligation Bonds are important and should not be skipped as you are filling out your ballot. Look to this resource to find the context, pros, and cons to each item.
One of the nonpartisan ballot resources we love using is produced by BallotReady. Simply type in the address you are registered to vote at and BallotReady will walk you through the candidates and issues you will see on your General Election ballot. You can fill your worksheet out as you go and print it out at the end for easy to transfer notes to your official ballot when you are ready to fill it out.