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Everything you need to know to register and vote in New Mexico

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Check your registration status: https://voterportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us/WhereToVote.aspx

Register by mail: https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/VRForms/VRFormEnglishFinal.pdf

Register online: https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/InstructionsStep1.aspx

Request absentee ballot online: https://portal.sos.state.nm.us/OVR/WebPages/AbsenteeApplication.aspx?type=RA

Request absentee ballot by mail: https://www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voter-information/absentee-and-early-voting/#

Find your polling location: https://voterportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us/WhereToVote.aspx

Find your sample ballot: https://voterportal.servis.sos.state.nm.us/WhereToVote.aspx

Campus Vote Project: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/stateguides/New-Mexico

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Hey New Mexico!

If you want to vote, first you need to register. If you’re not sure if you’re registered already, there’s a link in the description where you can check right now.

If you’re not registered, or you need to update your name or address, there's a couple ways you can do it. If you have a New Mexico driver’s license or state ID, you can register online using the link below. If you don’t have an ID, maybe you’re a student from another state or you don’t drive, there’s another link to a form that you’ll have to print and mail in.

The deadline to register by mail or online is October 6th for the general election in November. You can also register in person at your county clerk’s office all the way through the Saturday before election day. A couple of counties will also let you register at early vote sites so use the link in the description to find your county clerk and see which days and locations you can register in person.

So now the fun part. You get to vote! If you’d rather vote from the comfort of your own home, you should request an absentee ballot.

Any registered New Mexico voter can vote by mail. All you have to do is fill out the form online or print one out and mail it to your county clerk by October 30th, though the sooner you do it, the better. Then, you just wait for your ballot to show up in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and send it back or drop it off at your clerk’s office by November 3rd.

Links for both online and paper forms are below. You can also vote early in person at your county clerk’s office from October 17th to October 31st. There’s a link in the description where you can find early voting hours and locations near you so you can vote whenever it works best with your schedule.

If you really want to vote in person on November 3rd, though, you can look up where you need to go to vote using the link below. Polls are open from 7am to 7pm and you won’t need to bring an ID with you as long as you provided one when you registered, but if this is your first time voting in New Mexico and you registered by mail, make sure you bring a form of identification like a driver’s license, student ID, tribal ID, or a bank statement or utility bill with your name and address on it. Before you go, you can also look at a sample ballot.

You can find yours using the link in the description, and it'll show you everything you’ll be able to vote for this year. You don’t have to vote for every single thing on the ballot for it to be counted—you can leave things blank if you want to—but your local elections can be pretty important, so it’s worth checking out what’s on the ballot ahead of time. You can even print it out and bring it to the polls with you so you don’t forget who you wanted to vote for.

But the best thing to do if you want to vote this year is to make a plan to vote right now—from what day you’re gonna register to whether you’re gonna vote in person or by mail. What kind of ID you’re gonna bring if you need one, even what time you’re gonna vote and how you’re gonna get there. Write it down, put it in your notes app, text it to your friend, just make a plan so that nothing unexpected stops you from being counted on November 3rd.

All the links you need to check your registration, vote early, or find your polling location are in the description. Thanks for voting. How To Vote in Every State is produced by Complexly in partnership with The MediaWise Voter Project, which is led by The Poynter Institute and supported by Facebook.