Who Can Use this Application
New Mexico Voter Registration General Instructions
If you are a U.S. citizen who lives or has an address within the United States, you can use the application in this booklet to:
• Register to vote in your State
• Report a change of name to your voter registration office,
• Report a change of address to your voter registration office, or
• Register with a political party.
Exceptions Please do not use this application if you live outside the United States and its territories and have no home (legal) address in this country, or if you are in the military stationed away from home. Use the Federal Postcard Application available to you from military bases, American embassies, or consular offices.
How to Find Out If You Are Eligible to Register to Vote in Your State
Each State has its own laws about who may register and vote. Check the information under your State in the State Instructions. All States require that you be a United States citizen by birth or naturalization to register to vote in federal and State elections. Federal law makes it illegal to falsely claim U.S. citizenship to register to vote in any federal, State, or local election. You cannot be registered to vote in more than one place at a time.
How to Fill Out this Application
Use both the Application Instructions and State Instructions to guide you in filling out the application. • First, read the Application Instructions. These instructions will give you important information that applies to everyone using this application.
• Next, find your State under the State Instructions. Use these instructions to fill out Boxes 6, 7, and refer to these instructions for information about voter eligibility and any oath required for Box 9.
When to Register to Vote
Each State has its own deadline for registering to vote. Check the deadline for your State on the last page of this booklet.
How to Submit Your Application
Mail your application to the address listed under your State in the State Instructions. Or, deliver the application in person to your local voter registration office. The States that are required to accept the national form will accept copies of the application printed from the computer image on regular paper stock, signed by the applicant, and mailed in an envelope with the correct postage.
First Time Voters Who Register by Mail
If you are registering to vote for the first time in your jurisdiction and are mailing this registration application, Federal law requires you to show proof of identification the first time you vote. Proof of identification includes:
• A current and valid photo identification or
• A current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or government document that shows your name and address.
Voters may be exempt from this requirement if they submit a COPY of this identification with their mail in voter registration form. If you wish to submit a COPY, please keep the following in mind:
• Your state may have additional identification requirements which may mandate you show identification at the polling place even if you meet the Federal proof of identification.
• Do not submit original documents with this application, only COPIES.
Before filling out the body of the form, please answer the questions on the top of the form as to whether you are a United States citizen and whether you will be 18 years old on or before Election Day. If you answer no to either of these questions, you may not use this form to register to vote. However, state specific instructions may provide additional information on eligibility to register to vote prior to age 18.
Box 1 — Name
Put in this box your full name in this order — Last, First, Middle. Do not use nicknames or initials. Note: If this application is for a change of name, please tell us in Box A (on the bottom half of the form) your full name before you changed it.
Box 2 — Home Address
Put in this box your home address (legal address). Do not put your mailing address here if it is different from your home address. Do not use a post office box or rural route without a box number. Refer to state-specific instructions for rules regarding use of route numbers.
Note: If you were registered before but this is the first time you are registering from the address in Box 2, please tell us in Box B (on the bottom half of the form) the address where you were registered before. Please give us as much of the address as you can remember.
Also Note: If you live in a rural area but do not have a street address, or if you have no address, please show where you live using the map in Box C (at the bottom of the form).
Box 3 — Mailing Address
If you get your mail at an address that is different from the address in Box 2, put your mailing address in this box. If you have no address in Box 2, you must write in Box 3 an address where you can be reached by mail.
Box 4 — Date of Birth
Put in this box your date of birth in this order — Month, Day, Year. Be careful not to use today’s date!
Box 5 — Telephone Number
Most States ask for your telephone number in case there are questions about your application. However, you do not have to fill in this box.
6. ID Number
Your full social security number is required. This registration card containing your social security number will become part of the permanent voter registration records of your locality, which are open to inspection by the public in the office of the county clerk. However, your social security number and date of birth will remain confidential and will not be disclosed to the public. Computerized listings of limited voter registration information (without social security number or birth date) are available to the general public, and are furnished upon request to incumbent election officeholders, candidates, political
parties, courts and non-profit organizations promoting voter participation and registration, for political purposes only (§1-5-19B, NMSA 1978).
7. Choice of Party.
You must register with a party if you want to take part in that party’s primary election, caucus, or convention.
If you want to register with a party, print in the box the full name of the party of your choice.
If you do not want to register with a party, write “no party” or leave the box blank. Do not write in the word “independent” if you mean “no party,” because this might be confused with the name of a political party in your State.
Note: If you do not register with a party, you can still vote in general elections and nonpartisan (nonparty) primary elections.
8. Race or Ethnic Group. Leave blank.
To register in New Mexico, you must:
• be a citizen of the United States
• be a resident of the State of New Mexico
• be 18 years of age at the time of the next election
• not have been denied the right to vote by a court of law by reason of mental incapacity and, if I have been convicted of a felony, I have completed all conditions of probation or parole, served the entirety of a sentence or have been granted a pardon by the Governor.
New Mexico State Instructions
Registration Deadline — 28 days before the election.
Bureau of Elections
325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300 Santa Fe, NM
3410 Aztec Rd. N.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87107