Voter & Citizen Information

Final Election Results

November 6, 2012 General Election Results

United States Constitution

Constitution of the United States

Constitución de Estados Unidos de América en Español

What We Stand For: The Democratic National Platform

The Platform of the Democratic Party

Government Agencies

Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections

Nonpartisan Organizations

League of Women Voters of New Mexico

VotoLatino

Native Vote

Rock the Vote

National Campaign for Fair Elections: Election Protection

Nonprofit Voter Engagement Network

Election and Voter Registration Information

Who can register to vote?

Anyone who is a United States citizen, is or will be 18 on or before the next Election Day, and has established a permanent residence in New Mexico.

When can I register to vote?

You can register to vote or change your voter registration at any time except from the 28th day preceding an election until the Monday following an election. The County Clerk will still accept the registration during this time, but it cannot be processed until the registration books re-open.

Where do I register to vote?

At the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office, 845 North Motel Blvd., Las Cruces. You may also register at any of the following locations:

ANTHONY

ANTHONY WIC OFFICE
865 N. MAIN
(575) 882-2221

CHILDREN YOUTH & FAMILIES
945 ANTHONY DR.
(575) 882-7871

HUMAN SERVICES DEPT.
220 CROSSETT
(575) 882-5781(x212)

CHAPARRAL

CHAPARRAL WIC OFFICE
317 MCCOMBS
(575) 824-4585

HATCH

HATCH PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE
112 W. HALSELL
(575) 267-5213

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
1997 FRANKLIN
(575) 267-1686

LAS CRUCES

ASNMSU OFFICES
2ND FLOOR CORBETT CENTER
NEW MEXICO STATE UNIVERSITY CAMPUS
(575) 646-4415

CHILDREN YOUTH & FAMILIES
760 N. MOTEL BLVD. STE. C
(575) 524-6046 (X 119)

COMMISSION FOR THE BLIND
277 E. AMADOR STE.101
(575) 524-6450

COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY
320 WYATT DR.
(575) 527-8799

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
505 S. MAIN STE. 357
(575) 524-6215

DOÑA ANA HEALTH OFFICE
5595 ELKS RD.
(575) 523-7991

EAST MESA PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE
5220 HOLMAN RD
(575) 382-0641 EXT. (111)

LAS CRUCES HOUSING AUTHORITY
926 SAN PEDRO ST.
(575) 526-5541

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES EAST
2121 SUMMITT COURT
(575) 524-6568 (X180)

HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES WEST
655 UTAH AVE.
(575) 524-6500

NEW MEXICO BORDER HEALTH OFFICE
1170 N. SOLANO
(575) 528-5754

NEW MEXICO DEPARTMENT OF LABOR
226 S. ALAMEDA
(575) 524-6250

NEW MEXICO WORKS OFFICE
750 N. MOTEL BLVD
(575) 523-7580

MOUNTAIN SHADOWS
800 N. TELSHOR STE B
(575) 521-1366

MVD EXPRESS
3961 E. LOHMAN STE 20
(575) 373-1367

PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE WEST
1850 COOPER LOOP 1A
(575) 523-7202

THE ABILITY CENTER
715 E. IDAHO BLDG. 3-E
(575) 526-5016

SUN COUNTRY CASE MANAGEMENT
133 WYATT DR.
(575) 525-1969

THOMAS BRANIGAN MEMORIAL LIBRARY
200 E. PICACHO
(575) 528-4010

NEW MEXICO VETERAN’S COMMISSION
2024 E GRIGGS AVE
(575) 524-6220

VOCATIONAL REHAB
210 NEVAREZ
(575) 524-6135 (X109)

MESILLA

LA CLINICA DE FAMILIA
ONATE PLAZA STE. 7
(575) 524-3571

SUNLAND PARK

SUNLAND PARK PUBLIC HEALTH OFFICE
3807 MCNUTT RD.
(575) 589-0805

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES
880 MCNUTT RD
(575) 589-5015

WHITE SANDS MISSILE RANGE

MCAFFEE WIC CLINIC
BLDG. 530 MISSLE RANGE
(575) 678-1138

DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES BLDG. HT 304 MISSILE RANGE
(575) 678-8824

Can I register or change my registration by mail?

Yes. Call the Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections at (575) 647-7428 and a return-address, postage pre-paid registration form will be sent to you. All you have to do is fill it out and mail it back.

Why do you need to know where I live?

When the Bureau of Elections receives your voter-registration form, a precinct and polling place are assigned to you based on where you live. Your physical address determines the precinct and polling place to which you are assigned.

Why do you need my Social Security number?

State law requires the Doña Ana County Clerk’s office to obtain your Social Security number (NMSA 1978, § 1-5-19). It is used for voter-identification purposes, and to avoid multiple registrations by a single individual. Certificates of voter registration accepted by the County Clerk are public records and open to inspection by the public with the exception of your Social Security number and date of birth (NMSA 1978, § § 1-4-5 and 1-4-12).

Must I register as a member of a political party?

No. It is not necessary to register with a political party in order to vote. However, New Mexico is a “closed” primary state, meaning that you must be registered with a major political party (Democrat or Republican) in order to vote in that party’s primary election.

What is a major political party?

A political party is designated as “major” if its candidates received at least 5 percent of the total number of votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential race, and whose membership is at least one third of the state’s total registered voters. A “minor” political party is one in which none of its candidates received at least 5 percent of the votes cast in the most recent gubernatorial or presidential race.

May I register by using my business address?

No. Your precinct and polling place are based on where you live. It is unlawful to use an address for voter-registration purposes that is not your permanent residence. You may, however, use any address (including a post-office box) for a mailing address.

What if I move to a new address?

If you have moved or changed your mailing address, you should fill out a new registration form. It is important that you notify the County Clerk’s Office of any change in either your residential or mailing address. If you don’t, you may be required to cast a provisional ballot on Election Day, as discussed below.

What if my name changes?

If your name changes by marriage or other legal process, you must fill out a new registration form.

How do I change my political-party affiliation?

You simply fill out a new registration form. Registered voters may change their party affiliation at any time up to 5 p.m.on the 28th day preceding an election.

Do I need to register for each election?

No. Your voter registration is permanent, unless you don’t vote for four (4) years and/or if you fail to return a voter notice from the Bureau of Elections. Your registration will automatically be cancelled if the County Clerk’s office is notified that you have moved from the county, been convicted of a felony or been declared mentally incompetent.

How will I know if my voter registration or change has been accepted?

A voter-information card will be mailed to you. This card will include information identifying your polling place, and the districts in which you reside and can vote for (Congress, State Legislature, School Board, etc.).

How do I vote absentee by mail and do I need a reason?

No, you do not need a reason to vote absentee; any registered voter may vote absentee. To request an absentee ballot, contact the following offices for the related elections:

Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office for statewide, county, special and school district elections -
Dona Ana County Clerk Office
845 N. Motel Blvd.
Las Cruces, N.M. 88007
(575) 647-7428

Las Cruces City Clerk for city elections -
Las Cruces City Clerk
200 N. Church St.
Las Cruces, N.M. 88001
(575) 541-2115

Village of Hatch for village elections -
Village Clerk
837 W. Hall St.
Hatch, N.M. 87937
(575) 267-5216

Town of Mesilla for Town elections -
Town Clerk
2231 Avenida De Mesilla
Mesilla, N.M. 88046
(575) 526-0889

City of Sunland Park for city elections -
City Clerk
1000 McNutt Rd.
Sunland Park, N.M. 88063
(575) 589-7565

When does absentee voting by mail and voting early in person begin?

In statewide, county, special and school-district elections, a person may vote by mail beginning on the 28th day before Election Day. The absentee ballot must be received at the County Clerk’s Office either by mail or personal delivery by no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. The ballot may also be delivered to the polling place in which the voter is registered by 7 p.m. on Election Day. For town, village and city elections, please consult with the appropriate Clerk’s Office.

In statewide, county and special district elections, a person may vote early in person at the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, starting on the 28th day preceding the election, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Saturday before the election (The deadline is 25 days preceding a school-district elections).

In addition, beginning on the third Saturday before a Primary or General Election Day, a person may vote early in person at any one of seven locations from Noon to 8 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the first Saturday through the Saturday immediately preceding Election Day. Early-voting locations will be posted on this website approximately 45 days prior to Election Day.

For city, town and village elections, please consult with the appropriate municipal Clerk’s Office.

Can I register to vote at the polls on Election Day and vote?

Yes and no. You may register at the polls, but you will not be eligible to vote that day, and your registration will not be filed until the Monday following the election. To qualify to vote, you must be registered at least 28 days prior to Election Day.

What is a provisional ballot?

A provisional ballot is a way of ensuring that every eligible voter has a chance to cast a ballot.

When a voter goes to vote in a precinct in which he or she is not registered, there is no record in that precinct as to where the voter resides or even if s/he is registered. As a result, the voter is given the option to locate the correct polling location and go there, or fill out a provisional ballot. The ballot is then sealed in an envelope and turned over to a poll worker. Shortly after Election Day, the Canvassing Board appointed by the Doña Ana County Board of Commissioners opens the envelope and searches the voter-registration rolls to determine whether the voter is registered, eligible to vote and did NOT cast a vote at his/her polling place. If so, the ballot is accepted and the votes that the voter is qualified to cast are counted.

Provisional ballots should be avoided, whenever possible. When a voter votes outside of the precinct in which s/he is registered, that precinct may have candidates on the ballot for whom the voter is not entitled to vote. For instance, that precinct may have a different State Senator or County Commissioner than the one who actually represents the voter’s home address. In that situation, votes cast for such a candidate will not be counted. Likewise, the voter may miss the opportunity to vote for the candidates who actually represent him/her in a local race.

What is a Primary Election, and when is it held?

A Primary Election is held by each major political party for the purpose allowing registered party voters to select the candidates who will represent their party in the General Election. A voter registered in one party may not vote for candidates in another party.

The Primary Election is held on the first Tuesday in June in each even-numbered year. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

What is a General Election, and when is it held?

A General Election is held to determine which candidates from all parties, including write-in candidates, will be elected to serve in the office for which they are running. In the General Election, you can vote for any candidate, regardless of your political party or unaffiliated registration.

The election is held on the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in each even-numbered year.

Can I receive assistance if I need it in order to vote?

Yes, assistance is available to any voter who is blind, physically disabled, unable to read or write, or who requires assistance in operating the voting machine. The voter must tell the poll worker in advance that assistance is required, and the voter will then be accompanied to the ballot booth by a person of the voter’s choice EXCEPT the voter’s employer or agent, an officer or agent of the voter’s labor union, or a candidate whose name appears upon the ballot.

Why do I vote at different places in different elections?

Primary and General Elections are held in all precincts and polling places in the county. As of the 2012 election Doña Ana County has consolidated all polling places in the County at voting convenience centers. Voters may cast ballots at any voter convenience center.

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