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Voter Registration Eligibility Requirements and FAQs

Am I eligible to register to vote?
To register to vote, you must be:
  • A U.S. citizen;
  • A New Mexico resident;
  • At least 18 years old.

How can I verify whether or not I am registered?
Once your county clerk successfully processes your voter registration application, whether received by mail or using the online voter registration system, you will receive confirmation by mail from the county clerk.

Additionally, you may use My Registration Information to look up your current voter registration status and information.

When can I register?
If you are qualified, you may submit an application for voter registration at any time, however, registration closes at 5:00 p.m. Mountain time on the twenty-eighth day immediately preceding any election.

What happens if I register to vote after registration closes (within 28 days of an election)?
If you register to vote after registration has closed, the county clerk will still accept your voter registration application but it will not be processed until the Monday following the election.

Can I register to vote if I have been convicted of a crime?
If you have been convicted of a felony, you can register to vote once you have completed the court-ordered sentence of imprisonment, including any term of parole or probation for the conviction. This provision includes federal, state and out-of-state convictions.

How can I determine if I qualify to have my voting rights restored following a felony conviction?
You should contact the Department of Corrections, Division of Parole and Probation (505.827.8830) or a comparable agency in the state in which you were convicted.

What are the currently qualified political parties in New Mexico?
Major Parties
  • New Mexico Democratic Party
  • New Mexico Republican Party
  • Libertarian Party of New Mexico

Minor Parties
  • Better for America Party
  • Green Party of New Mexico

Note: New Mexico conducts closed primary elections. This means you must be registered for one of the major parties in order to participate.

What additional information is needed when registering for the first time by mail?
If you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, then you must submit with the form a copy of (1) a current and valid photo identification; or (2) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address. If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you would be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.