Voting in the Nov. 3rd, 2020 General Election
Voting during COVID
No one should have to choose between voting and their health. The Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and our county clerks are encouraging at-risk voters to vote absentee so that there are not large groups of people gathering at polling places to vote. Polling places are under health orders so social distancing, sanitation and mask-wearing procedures are in place.
Your voting options:
1. Vote by mail (absentee) starting Oct 6 – You must request a ballot be mailed to you. The last day to request an absentee ballot is end of day on Oct 20th, 5pm for paper requests to the clerk’s office, 11:59pm for online at the NMVote.org portal. Because ballots must be returned and physically at the Clerk’s office by 7pm on Election Day, we do not recommend waiting to request. Request as soon as possible so there is plenty of time for the ballot to be mailed to you and for you to return it. For the 2020 General, the ballot will have a suggested last date of postal mailing as October 27th. You can always drop the ballot at any polling place or the clerks office.
2. Early vote the Clerk’ office starting Tuesday Oct 6th and at a voting convenience center starting Saturday, Oct 17th. Expanded early voting will run until Saturday October 31st. Each of these polling places will be observing social distancing with strict hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
3. Vote in-person on Election Day on Tuesday, October 3rd. Santa Fe County reduced the number of polling locations due to concerns about polling places on tribal land who have been keeping strict quarantine. Each of these polling places will be observing social distancing with strict hygiene protocols to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
Apply for an Absentee
1. Online at NMVote.org until Tuesday October 20th at 11:59PM
2. Print from NMVote.org and mail. Must arrive by Tuesday, October 20th at 5PM
3. Fill out the application sent to you by the Clerk.
Make sure it counts!
Check your ballot to ensure you have the materials you need.
Ballot itself, internal privacy envelope, outer mailing envelope.
When you are ready to return the ballot, sign it, ensure the last 4 of your social security number is accurate, put it in the privacy envelope, and put that privacy envelope into the outer envelope.
Three ways to return the ballot
1. Mail it back using USPS (postage is pre-paid) by October 27th. The earlier the better.
2. Drop it at any polling location when they are open (be sure it is checked in). The check-in location should be clearly labeled.
3. Drop at the Clerk’s dropboxes (only 1 currently at the clerk’s office by the front door of 100 Catron street in Santa Fe)
|Early Voting||Location (s)||Times|
Santa Fe Convention Center
(Oct 6th – 31st)
Downtown Santa Fe
201 West Marcy Street,
Santa Fe NM 87501
Monday – Friday, 8 – 5 PM
Open special Saturday, Oct 31st
Closed Monday, Oct 12th due to Indigenous People’s Day
Voting Convenience Centers
(Oct 17 – 31)
Abedon Lopez Community Center – 155A Camino De Quintana, Santa Cruz
Christian Life Church – 121 Siringo Road, Santa Fe
Town of Edgewood Administrative Office – 171A State Road 344, Edgewood
Max Coll Corridor Community Center (new facility) – 16 Avenida Torreon, El Dorado
Pojoaque County Satellite Office – 5 W. Gutierrez – Ste. 9, Pojoaque Pueblo Plaza
Santa Fe County Fair Building – 3229 Rodeo Road, Santa Fe
Southside Library – 6599 Jaguar Dr., Santa Fe
Saturday, Oct 17th through Saturday, Oct 31st.
Hours of voting are from 12:00 Noon until 8:00 p.m. Tuesday through Friday
10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. on Saturdays.
Voting on Election Day (7am – 7pm) – You can vote at any polling place in Santa Fe County
Amy Biehl Community School – 310 Avenida Del Sur, Santa Fe, NM 87508 (map)
Atalaya Community School – 721 Camino Cabra, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (map)
Benny J. Chavez Community Center – 354 A Juan Medina Rd, Chimayo, NM 87522 (map)
Chapparal Elementary School – 2451 Avenida Chaparral, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (map)
Christian Life Church – 121 Siringo Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (map)
Edgewood Administrative Offices, 171 NM-344, Edgewood, NM 87015 (map)
El Camino Real Academy – 2500 S Meadows Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507 (map)
El Rancho Senior Center – 394 County Road 84, Santa Fe, NM 87506 (map)
Galisteo Community Center, 39-41 Ave Vieja, Galisteo, NM 87540, (map)
Glorieta Pass Fire Station #2 – 366 Old Denver Hwy, Glorieta, NM, 87535 (map)
Gonzales Community School – 851 W Alameda St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (map)
Hondo Fire Station #2 – 645 Old Las Vegas Hwy, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (map)
La Cienega Community Center – 136 Camino San Jose, Santa Fe, NM 87507 (map)
La Tierra SF County Fire Station – 6 Arroyo Calabasas Rd, Santa Fe NM 87506 (map)
Max Coll Corridor Community Center, 16 Avenida Torreon, Santa Fe, NM 87508 (map)
Montezuma Lodge – 431 Paseo de Peralta, Santa Fe, NM, 87501 (map)
Nambe Community Center – 180 A State Road 503, Santa Fe, NM 87506 (map)
Nambe Pueblo Tribal Administrative Building – 15 Bayay Poe, Santa Fe, 87506 (map)
Nina Otero Community School – 5901 Herrera Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87507 (map)
Pojoaque Middle School – 1797 State Road 502, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (map)
Salazar Elementary School – 1231 Apache Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (map)
San Ildefonso Pueblo Visitor Center – 74 Povi Kaa Dr, San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM 87506 (map)
Santa Fe County Fair Building – 3229 Rodeo Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507 (map)
St. John’s Methodist Church – 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (map)
St. Joseph’s Parish Hall – 2 E Waldo St, Los Cerrillos, NM 87010 (map)
Stanley Cyclone Center – 22 W Kinsell Avenue, Stanley, NM 87056 (map)
Tesuque Elementary School – 1555 Bishops Lodge Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87506 (map)
Tesuque Pueblo Intergenerational Center – N P 804, Santa Fe, NM 87506 (map)
Tony E. Quintana Elementary – 20 E Sombrillo Rd, Santa Cruz, NM 87567 (map)
Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School – 13 San Marcos Loop, Santa Fe, NM 87508 (map)
Frequently Asked Questions about Voting
Do I need to bring ID?
It depends. Yes, if this is the first time you are voting after registering without a social security number by form. If you have been voting and have already been verified in a previous election, OR you registered online and entered the last 4 of your SSN, then no.
Can I change registration?
You can change registration online through Oct 6th. You can change your registration at the clerk’s office or convention center up until Oct 31st.
Can I still register for the first time?
Yes, if you are a resident of New Mexico, you can still register to vote for the first time while early voting is happening if you go to the County Clerk’s office. You will need to bring ID.
I will be 18 at the time of the general election but I’m 17 now, can I vote early?
Can I get my ballot in Spanish? Or materials?
Yes, ballots have been bilingual since New Mexico Constitution ratification in 1912. Ballots and sample ballots (found on NMVote.org) are bilingual and have been for some time. The league of women voters is producing their voter guide and taking submissions in Spanish, read it at vote411.org. The SOS website and the Clerk’s website are both equipped with google translate so that all text is translated.
How do I get a seeing impaired ballot?
You can request a seeing impaired compatible absentee ballot at NMvote.org or get one in person at any polling site. There are trained poll workers who can assist with specific reading machines, or voters can bring their own.
What happens if I mismark my ballot?
Okay, so maybe you filled in the circle next to the wrong candidate. It happens sometimes. The key is – DO NOT TRY TO FIX IT! Any attempt to erase or cross out your mark and replace it with another mark will make your ballot invalid and it will not be counted. We recommend printing out a sample ballot (in Spanish and English) from NMVote.org’s voter portal if you want a practice draft before filling out the final ballot.
Here’s what to do if you mismarked a ballot: Take the messed up ballot to a voting location. Give your ballot to a poll worker. Ask for a new ballot. The poll worker will invalidate the ballot you hand over and give you a new one. Go ahead and fill out your new ballot immediately and submit it. That’s all there is to it!
What if I requested a ballot be mailed to me but now I want to vote in person?
If you have not mailed your ballot, you can go to any polling location and ask to cancel your ballot, sign an affadavit and vote in person. If you have a ballot and don’t want to mail it, simply complete it and drop it at any open polling location or after hours at the clerk’s office drop box.