VOTING: 13 things to know about voting in New Mexico

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1. Photo IDs are not required for general or primary elections, however, some municipalities like Albuquerque and Rio Rancho do have voter ID ordinances that require an ID in order to vote in city elections.

2. If you have not done so when you registered, first-time voters will need to show a driver’s license, student or tribal ID, bank statement, utility bill, or paycheck showing your name and current address.

3. Voting absentee? You do not need to supply a reason when requesting an absentee ballot from your County Clerk. In order for your ballot to count, your County Clerk must receive it by 5:00 p.m. the Friday before the election.

4. Absentee voting in-person and by mail-in begins 28 days prior to Election Day.

5. Voting registration closes and early voting begins (for registered and absentee) on Tuesday, October 11, 2016. On Saturday, October 22, 2016, expanded early voting locations open. Early voting ends Saturday, November 5, 2016. The last day to mail-in absentee ballots is Friday, November 4th. The General Election is Tuesday, November 8, 2016.

6. New Mexico has paper ballots that are tabulated electronically and verified manually.

7. You have the right to get a new paper ballot if yours is spoiled or defective and you are allowed to vote by emergency paper ballot if the voting machine is broken.

8. You can still cast a ballot if you are in line to vote when the polls close.

9. These election crimes are subject to prosecution: false voting, false swearing, double voting, bribery, coercion, intimidation and obstructing or disturbing the polling place.

10. You can look up your voting history and complete registration information here:

11. New Mexico does not have Straight Ticket Voting. Straight Ticket Voting allows voters to choose an entire party’s candidates with a single ballot marking. The states that have Straight Ticket Voting are; Alabama, Iowa, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas and Utah.

12. When it comes to post-election audits, the state of New Mexico has a tiered audit system. This means a greater number of precincts are audited when the margin of victory is narrower. Electronic vote counters in randomly selected precincts are audited for all federal, government and statewide elective offices.

13. New Mexico is one of 20 states that provide automatic recounts. An automatic recount will be triggered if less than five percent of the total votes cast for a particular office. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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