Mover's Guide: New Mexico

August 10, 2010

Bureau of Elections:  800-477-3632

I moved from the address at which I am registered.  What should I do?

I moved from another state.

If you moved to New Mexico from another state, you must register to vote in New Mexico to be able to vote.[1]  The last day to register in time to vote in the next election is by 5 p.m. on the twenty-eighth day preceding the election.[2]

If you moved from out of state, you may register to vote the same day you become a resident of the State of New Mexico. And, under federal law, if you move within thirty days of a presidential election, you are allowed to vote for President and Vice President in your former state of residence, either in person or by absentee ballot.[3]

I moved within New Mexico.

If you moved within New Mexico, you should complete a certificate of registration with the county clerk to update your address.[4]

The election is right around the corner and I never updated my registration from my previous address.  What should I do?

Many registered New Mexico voters who move are still entitled to cast a ballot that will be counted — even if they did not notify the appropriate election official about the move before Election Day.

Scenario One: New Address, but Same Polling Place

If you moved to a new address that is covered by the same polling place as your old address, you can vote at that polling place after confirming your change of address.  This is true regardless of how close to the election you moved.[5]

Scenario Two: New Address in Same County but New Polling Place

If you moved to a new address within the same county but with a different polling place, you are entitled to vote a provisional ballot at the polling place associated with your new address. The provisional ballot will be counted if the county clerk can confirm that you are a qualified elector who is eligible to vote in the county and has not already voted in the election.[6] You will need to provide a valid signature and sufficient information for the clerk to determine you are qualified.[7]

Scenario Three: New Address in New County

If you moved to a new address in a different county, you should complete a new registration form before the registration deadline to update you registration records.[8]

[1] N.M. Stat. Ann. § 1-4-1 (West 2010).

[2] N.M. Stat. Ann. § 1-4-8(A).  If the registration deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, applications will be accepted through the next business day.  Id. §1-4-8(A)(5).

[3] 42 U.S.C. § 1973aa-1(e) (2010).

[4] N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 1-4-17(A)-(B), 1-4-18.

[5] 42 U.S.C § 1973gg-6(e)(1) (2010).

[6] See N.M. Stat. Ann. §§ 1-12-7.2(A), 1-12-8(A).

[7] N.M. Stat. Ann. § 1-12-25.3(B).

[8] N.M. Stat. Ann. § 1-4-18.