Everything You Need to Know on Election Day 2018

Local Elections

Tuesday, Nov. 6 is your last chance to vote. This election, New Mexicans will elect a new governor. 

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. It is also the last day for voters to return an absentee ballot to their county clerkโ€™s office or an Election Day polling location.

Need a ride to the poll? 

ABQ Ride and Sun Vans are waiving fares for Election Day. 

Santa Fe is also offering free rides on its buses and Santa Fe Ride vehicles Tuesday. 

The routes and stops are no more than a half mile way from all the voting centers within Santa Fe. 

Ride-sharing apps are also offering free and discounted rides to the polls Tuesday. 

Lyft is working with Vote.orgTurbo Vote and Voto Latino to provide users with discounted rides.

They will be giving away 50 percent off promotional codes in addition to free rides offered to underserved communities through nonprofit partners to across the country to encourage voter turnout.

Uber is partnering with #VoteTogether and Democracy Works to provide similar options for riders.

Uber will also offer a “Get to the Polls Button” the day of to help voters quickly find their polling place.

Polling Locations

Do you need help voting?

You can request assistance in voting at the polls if you are blind, physically disabled, unable to read or write or a member of a language minority. Any person of your choice may assist you, except your employer, an agent of the employer, an officer or agent of your union, or a candidate whose name is on the ballot, according to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website. 

Do I need to present identification when I vote?

You do not have to present a photo ID to vote in a state election. Only if you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, then you must submit with the form a copy of a current and valid photo identification; or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address. If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you would be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.

What identification do I need to provide when I vote?

A physical form of identification is only required for first-time New Mexico voters who registered by mail and did not include identification with their voter registration application form.

Otherwise, you will be asked to provide a verbal or written statement of identification including your name, year of birth, and registered address.

Can I vote if my status is “inactive”?

Yes, an “inactive” status does not prohibit any registered voter to vote. You will vote like usual and your status will return to “active.”

Voter Bill of Rights 

Every registered voter in New Mexico has the following rights: 

  • Be treated with respect by election officials
  • Vote free from intimidation by election officials or any other person
  • Vote in private
  • Be assisted by a person of your choice if you are disabled OR need help reading or marking the ballot – you may not receive assistance from your employer or an agent of your employer, an officer or agent of your union, or a candidate on the ballot for this election
  • Inspect a sample ballot before voting
  • Ask for and receive instructions on how to operate the voting machine or mark a paper ballot
  • Vote by emergency paper ballot if the voting machine is broken
  • Ask for and receive and vote another paper ballot if your paper ballot is spoiled or defective
  • Ask for and receive instructions on how to cast a provisional ballot if:
  • your name is not on the list of eligible voters, OR
  • you are required to provide identification and did not bring it to the polls
  • Vote a provisional ballot if you registered by mail for the first time in this county and did not provide identification when you registered, AND you do not have identification with you today
  • If you did not provide identification when you registered by mail for the first time in this county, you may vote on the voting machine today IF you provide:
  • a current address in this county, AND
  • a current and valid photo ID, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address
  • Information regarding how to determine if your provisional vote was counted
  • Cast a ballot if you are in line to vote when the polls close
  • Election crimes that are subject to prosecution include: false voting, false swearing, double voting, bribery, coercion, intimidation, and obstructing or disturbing the polling place.

More Information

Check back here after 7 p.m. for live election results 

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