Voting in the June, 2 Primary
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 everyone to vote by absentee so that there are not large groups of people gathering at polling places to vote.
Your voting options:
1. Vote by mail (absentee) starting May 5 – You must request a ballot be mailed to you. The last day to request an absentee ballot is end of day on May 28th, 5pm for paper requests to the clerk’s office, 11:59pm for online at the NMVote.org portal. The last day ballots will be mailed is May 29th. Because ballot 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.
2. Early vote the Clerk’ office starting May 5th and at a voting convenience center starting May 16th. 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, June 2nd. 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 Thursday May 28th at 11:59PM
2. Print from NMVote.org and mail. Must arrive by Thursday, May 28th at 5PM
3. Fill out the application sent to you by the Clerk. I suggest not waiting.
Make sure it counts!
Check your ballot to ensure you have the materials you need.
Ballot itself, privacy envelope, outer mailing envelope.
When you are ready to return the ballot, sign it, 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).
2. Drop it at any polling location when they are open (be sure it is checked in)
3. Drop at any 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|
(May 5 – 30)
|Downtown Santa Fe
100 Catron Street, Santa Fe, NM 87501
|Monday – Friday, 8 – 5 PM
Open special Saturday, May 30th
Closed Monday, May 25th due to Memorial Day
|Voting Convenience Centers
(May 16 – 30)
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, May 16th through Saturday, May 30th.
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
Tony E. Quintana Elementary, 18670 US Hwy 285, Española, NM 87532 (Map).
Pojoaque Valley Middle School, 1574 NM-502, Santa Fe, NM 87506 (map)
Nambé Community and Senior Center, 180 NM-503, Santa Fe, NM 87506 (map)
Tesuque Elementary School, 1555 Bishops Lodge Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87506 (map)
La Tierra Fire Station, 6 Arroyo Calabasas Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87506 (map)
Montezuma Lodge, 431 Paseo De Peralta, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (map)
Glorieta Pass Fire Station No. 2, 366 Old Denver Hwy, Glorieta, NM 87535 (map)
Gonzales Community School, 851 W Alameda St, Santa Fe, NM 87501 (map)
St. John’s Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (map)
Santa Fe County Fair building, 3229 Rodeo Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507 (map)
Salazar Elementary School, 1231 Apache Ave, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (map)
Christian Life Church, 121 Siringo Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87505 (map)
El Camino Real Academy, 2500 S Meadows Rd, Santa Fe, NM 87507 (map)
Nina Otero Community School, 5901 Herrera Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87507 (map)
La Cienega Community Center, 136 Camino San Jose, Santa Fe, NM 87507 (map)
Turquoise Trail Charter Elementary School, 13 San Marcos Loop, Santa Fe, NM 87508 (map)
Max Coll Corridor Community Center, 16 Avenida Torreon, Santa Fe, NM 87508 (map)
Galisteo Community Center, 39-41 Ave Vieja, Galisteo, NM 87540, (map)
Edgewood administrative offices, 171 NM-344, Edgewood, NM 87015 (map)
Frequently Asked Questions about Voting
Do I need to bring ID?
If this is the first time you are voting after registering without a social security number. If you are voting and have already been verified in a previous election, then no.
Can I change registration?
You can change party affiliation for the primary only on or before May 5th. But you can change your address by going to the clerk’s office.
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 in the primary?
Yes, you will need to register with the clerk’s office. You may already pre-registered as part of the driver’s permit process at MVD.
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.
Why don’t clerk’s produce a voter guide?
It’s technically against the law. All materials have to come from the Secretary of State’s office. Information can be repackaged by the clerks but candidate information would fall outside of the materials provided by the secretary of state. And, it’s also unethical. It’s an internal control for the secretary of state to provide standardized information across the clerks so that no single clerk can potentially influence an election with unvetted information.
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!