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We Can Vote is a nonpartisan resource center that provides regularly updated information and opportunities for each of us to do our part in making the 2020 elections safe, secure, and successful.

Election officials are doing their best to respond to COVID-19, and while the pandemic has disrupted many aspects of civic life, one thing is certain: America will hold elections this November. Together, we can help make sure every eligible voter is able to safely register, vote, and have their voices heard.

New Mexico : Latest Election & Voting Updates

Last updated Thursday, May 21, 2020 6:39 PM ET

Important News

  • April 14, 2020 Official Update Court Rejects Plan to Mail Ballots

    New Mexico's Supreme Court unanimously rejected an emergency petition from the Secretary of State and county clerks to send all voters a mail-in ballot for the upcoming 2020 primary election. Instead, the court is directing all county clerks to mail absentee ballot applications to voters, who have to complete them and send them in to their county clerk’s office or apply online in order to receive an absentee ballot in the mail. Eligible voters must register to vote or update their voter reigstrations by May 5 in order to vote in the June 2 primary election. Voters have until May 28th to apply for an absentee ballot and all absentee ballots must be returned no later than 7 p.m. on June 2.

  • March 21, 2020 Official Update Secretary of State Launches New Online Absentee Ballot Request Tool

    New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced the early release of an online absentee ballot request tool in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • March 9, 2020 CDC Recommendations for Election Polling Locations
  1. Tuesday, May 5, 2020

    Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline - Mail or Online

    Deadline to remotely register to vote for the June 2 primary election. After May 5, individuals can register to vote or update their existing registration at County Clerk’s offices until the Saturday before the Election.

  2. Saturday, May 16, 2020

    Primary Election Early Voting Begins

  3. Thursday, May 28, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

  4. Saturday, May 30, 2020

    Primary Election Early Voting Ends

  5. Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Primary Election Day

  6. Tuesday, June 2, 2020

    Primary Election Absentee Ballots Due

    Absentee ballots must be submitted no later than 7pm on June 2. Ballots can be returned by mail (with postage already paid for by the state) to your County Clerk’s Office or in-person at an alternative voting location, mobile alternative voting location, or any Election Day polling location.

  7. Tuesday, October 6, 2020

    General Election Voter Registration Deadline - Mail

    Deadline to register to vote by mail for the November general election. After October 6, individuals can register to vote or update their existing registration at County Clerk’s offices until the Saturday before the Election.

  8. Friday, October 30, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballot Application Deadline

    Deadline to submit an application for an absentee ballot for the November general election.

  9. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    Election Day

  10. Tuesday, November 3, 2020

    General Election Absentee Ballots Due

    Absentee ballots must be submitted no later than 7pm on November 3.

vote absentee icon. How to vote absentee in New Mexico

New Mexico allows all registered voters to vote absentee for any reason.

Take Action to Support Safe & Secure Elections in New Mexico

Below are some practical, positive actions you can take to help voters prepare for the 2020 election and cast their ballots in the way that’s best and healthiest for them.

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Information about voting is based on:

  • Official policy announcements on government websites
  • News stories citing verified statements from government officials

Information about actions people can take will be:

  • Non-partisan 
  • Positive and practical
  • Community-based and supported by trusted partners and networks

Policy information will focus on:

  • Proactive steps officials are taking to hold elections
  • How community groups, individuals and businesses are supporting elections
  • Public education efforts around voting
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We Can Vote is calling on all states and voting territories to develop clear election plans that protect our democracy while also preserving public health. Policymakers, and election administrators can act decisively to do the following:


  • Provide mail ballot options to all eligible voters, including the ability to request ballots online in a secure and equitable manner;
  • Preserve in-person voting options in November that:
    • Ensure sufficient hours and locations to prevent long lines or large crowds
    • Ensure enough in-person options on tribal lands and in other locations with limited mail access
    • Use best practices from public health officials to have healthy polling sites
  • Engage with major employers, colleges, and media so that any shifts in election administration serve voters in local communities, and so local communities can assist by volunteering to help by being poll workers for America's largest civic event;
  • Create rules and protocols through administrative and legislative action so that all eligible Americans can vote in November's election.

These simple steps can help ensure that eligible voters can access their ballots while minimizing the risks of this virus. These steps will allow communities to come together and support hard-working election officials who ensure that America's democracy is healthy and strong.