New Mexico Election Law

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Voter Registration

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
MethodIn person, mail, online.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
DeadlineIn person; Saturday before Election Day.
Online or mail; 28 days before Election Day.
No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticYes; during DMV transactions.No ChangesHB0074 would establish an automatic registration process for convicts in custody about to be released.
Same DayYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Application

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ExcuseNo excuse requiredNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
AutomaticNo; application is required.Absentee ballot applications were sent to all registered voters for the general election.No Legislative Activity
Deadline14 days before Election DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Valid for X# of Cycles1No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Absentee Ballot Return (other than by mail)

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Voter IDPhoto ID or other document displaying name and address.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Drop BoxNot mandatory; available by county. Installed outside polling places with security guidelines.No legislative changes; the Secretary of State urged all 33 county clerks to provide drop boxes for the general election.No Legislative Activity
Return Deadline7PM on Election DayNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Ballot Harvesting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
ProhibitedNo; family members or caregivers may deliver absentee ballots instead of the voters.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Limited 3rd PartyOnly family members and caregivers.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Paid Political OperativesNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Early Voting

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
By MailYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
In PersonYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - Absentee Ballot

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Signature VerificationYesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Witness StatementNoNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
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Cure ProcessYes; voter can remedy challenge before conclusion of the county canvass.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voter Identification - In Person

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Photo IDNot requiredNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Other OptionsRegistered voter identifies self with verbal or written statement.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Provisional BallotsUsed for first-time voters without any ID or whose name is not in the poll book.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity

Voting Day

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Hours7AM-7PMNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Wait TimeNo LegislationNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
ElectioneeringProhibited within 100 feet of polling placesNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
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Voter Rolls

 Pre-COVIDDuring 20202021 Legislative Activity
Update FrequencyMonthlyNo ChangesNo Legislative Activity
Voter RemovalDeath, felony conviction, written request, or 2 years of voter inactivity.No ChangesNo Legislative Activity