Tuesday is the first day Democrats and Republicans in New Mexico can start voting in their party’s June 7 primaries. It’s also the last day to register to vote in one of those primaries.
That means people who aren’t yet registered to vote in either primary can register and vote all in the same day — but only on Tuesday. You have to be registered as a Democrat to vote in that party’s primary and as a Republican to vote in that primary.
There are some good resources online if you need help.
You can register to vote online here. If you’d rather register in person at your county clerk’s office, here’s contact info for clerks around the state. Remember, a new law allows 17-year-olds who will be 18 by the general election on Nov. 8 to vote in the party primaries starting this year.
Once you’re ready to vote in the Democratic or Republican primary, click here to find information for your county’s clerk, whose office can tell you where to vote early or how to request an absentee ballot. The Secretary of State’s Office has also created a handy map that shows all early, absentee and Election Day polling places statewide. You can even search using your address to bring up the closest locations in your county.
If you click here, you’ll be asked to enter your county, name, and date of birth to view a sample ballot that shows the choices you’ll have when you vote in the primary.
If you aren’t sure whether you’re registered or need to update your voter information, click here to find your registration information.
If you prefer to wait until Election Day to vote, it’s on June 7. Again, that cool map can help you figure out where to vote on Election Day.
New Mexicans who aren’t registered as Democrats or Republicans — and can’t or don’t want to register with one of those two parties by Tuesday — will have to wait until Nov. 8 to vote in this year’s county, state and federal elections.