Voting is important. A vote is an opportunity to be heard, to hold elected officials accountable for their actions, to say via the ballot box what you think. In order to vote, you must be registered to do so.
Registering to vote is a vital and necessary step to get to the ballot box. Why register? When you register to vote, the elections office can determine what voting district you will vote in.
It's important to vote in the correct district, because you could be voting for one city councilor if you live at a particular address, and for another councilor if you live just a few blocks over. When you vote, you do so at a precinct, or voting district, which tends to be very small unless you live in a rural area.
In Bernalillo county, the county clerk is responsible for conducting primary and general elections, major elections, municipal elections and elections for APS and CNM. If you need to register to vote, you will need to do so by filling out a form and submitting it to the Bernalillo county clerk. The Bernalillo County Clerk is Maggie Toulouse Oliver.
The deadline to register to vote in the 2014 general election is October 7.
If you're already registered, you can vote in the general election by absentee ballot, early voting, or on election day.
When Do I Register to Vote?
You should complete a voter registration form if:
- You are a new voter
- You move
- You have changed your name
- You have changed your party affiliation
To register to vote in New Mexico, you must:
- be a U.S. citizen
- be 18 or older by the next election
- be a resident of the state
- not be declared mentally incapacitated
- have completed the terms and conditions of sentencing if convicted of a felony
Where can I get a Voter Registration Form?
Ways to Vote
If you're registered to vote, there are several ways you can cast your ballot: absentee, early, or at the polls on election day. The general election is November 4, 2014.
Absentee by Mail Vote
The 2014 general election absentee voting period is October 9 through November 4. There are two steps to requesting an absentee ballot.
1. Request an absentee ballot application, complete it and return it. You can also download the online form.
2. Complete and return the absentee paper ballot that has been sent to you. Completed ballots can be returned by mail or in person by 7:00 p.m. to the County Clerk on election day.
The 2014 general election early voting period is October 18 through November 1. Election day is November 4. The County Clerk's office has 18 early vote centers open to registered voters in Bernalillo County.
- Early voting begins Saturday, October 18, 2014 at the Clerk's Annex at 111 Union Square NE, from 8:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Saturday, until November 1, 2014.
- Eighteen additional My Vote Centers will open for early voting on Saturday, October 18, 2014 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Monday through Friday until November 1, 2014.
For details or questions, call 243-VOTE (8683) or visit the County Clerk's office online.
Vote on Election Day
The 2014 general election is November 4, 2014, from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
There are 69 My Vote centers that will be open on Election Day. They are located throughout the city. The centers are open to all registered voters in Bernalillo County. There is no wrong place to vote on election day.
Find a My Vote center near you.
You can request a sample ballot at any Vote Center, or access one online.
Military and Civilian Overseas Voting
Members of the armed forces and their eligible spouses and dependents may vote absentee, even if stationed overseas. Contact your commander or voting officer to find out how to apply for and cast an absentee ballot.
Non-military voters who live or work overseas should contact the local embassy to find out how to apply for an absentee ballot.
Learn more about overseas voting.
Native American Election Information Program (NAEIP)
The NAEIP assists Native American communities within Bernalillo county wit information on voter registration, absentee voting and other election information. Interpretation is available for those who speak Keres, Tiwa and Navajo. For more information, contact Shirlee Smith at (505) 468-1228 or email firstname.lastname@example.org