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  Q. WHO CAN REGISTER TO VOTE?

  A. Anyone who is a United States citizen, is or will be 18 on or before         election day and has established a permanent residence in New                 Mexico.

  Q. WHERE CAN I REGISTER TO VOTE?

  A. At the County Clerk's office, the New Mexico Department of Motor         Vehicles, or with any state agency that provides public assistance. In         addition, there are registration forms available at banks, city halls, tribal     chapter houses and colleges.

  Q. CAN I FILL OUT MY OWN REGISTRATION FORM?

  A. Yes. Simply follow the directions on the form, being careful to give a       good physical address. Mail it back to the County Clerk in the postage       paid envelope.

  Q. CAN I REGISTER OR CHANGE MY REGISTRATION BY MAIL?

  A. Yes! Call the County Clerk's office at 334-9471 and we will send a         postage paid registration form to you. All you have to do is fill it out, and     put it back in the mail. That's it!

  Q. WHY DO YOU NEED TO KNOW WHERE I LIVE?

  A. When the County Clerk's office receives your voter registration a             precinct is assigned based on where you live. If the County Clerk's             office does not have a physical address, we cannot assign the correct         precinct to you.

  Q. WHAT'S INVOLVED WHEN IT COMES TO REGISTERING WITH A     POLITICAL PARTY?

  A. You can register with any political party you wish, but you do not have   to register with a political party to vote. You may prefer not to choose a       political party, However, New Mexico is a closed primary state which           means that you must be registered with a major political party in order to     vote in the primary election.

  Q. WHAT IS A MAJOR POLITICAL PARTY?

  A. When a political party registers with the Secretary of State, the law         classifies the party as either major or minor. A political party is classified     as a major political party when it meets certain requirements established     by law.

  Q. MAY I REGISTER TO VOTE USING MY BUSINESS OR A FRIENDS   ADDRESS?

  A. No. Your precinct and polling place is based on where you live. It is       unlawful to use an address that is not your permanent residence for           voter registration purposes. You may, however, use any address for a         mailing address.

  Q. WHAT IF MY ADDRESS CHANGES?

  A. If you have moved or changed your mailing address in any way, you       should fill out a new registration form. It is very important that you notify     the County Clerk's office of any change in your address, mailing or             residence.

  Q. WHAT IF MY NAME CHANGES?

  A. If your name changes by marriage or other legal process, you should     fill out a new registration form.

  Q. HOW DO I CHANGE MY PARTY AFFILIATION?

  A. By filling out a new registration form. Registered voters may change       their party affiliation at any time up to 5:00 P.M. on the 28th day                   preceding an election.

  Q. IS THERE ANY TIME I CANNOT REGISTER TO VOTE OR CHANGE   MY CURRENT REGISTRATION?

  A. Yes. You can register or change a registration at any time EXCEPT       from the 28th day preceding an election up to the Monday following an       election. The County Clerk will still accept the registration, but it cannot       be processed until the registration books re-open.

  Q. DO I NEED TO REGISTER FOR EACH ELECTION?

  A. No. Your voter registration is permanent, unless you don't vote for         several years. However, it will be canceled if the County Clerk's Office       is notified that you have moved from the county, been convicted of a           felony, declared mentally incompetent, or if you fail to return a voter           notice from the board of registration.

  Q. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY VOTER REGISTRATION HAS BEEN             ACCEPTED?

  A. A voter information card will be mailed to you containing information       on your polling place for the Primary and General Election and the             districts you are entitled to vote on.

  Q. IF I REGISTER TO VOTE WILL I BE SELECTED FOR JURY DUTY?

  A. Not necessarily. Jurors are now selected from both the voter                   registration records and the Department of Motor Vehicle records. If you     have a driver's license, you have just as much chance of being selected     for jury duty as a registered voter.

  Q. WHAT IS A PRIMARY ELECTION?

  A. This election determines who the candidates of the major political           parties will be in the general election. You can only vote for the                   candidates of your political party.

  Q. WHAT IS A GENERAL ELECTION?

  A. This election determines who will be elected to serve in the office that     is on the ballot. The candidates would include the successful primary         election candidates, minor party candidates, independent candidates         and write-in candidates seeking that office. You can vote for ANY               candidate, regardless of political party.

  Q. WHEN ARE ELECTIONS HELD?

  •   A. Primary Elections are held the first Tuesday in June in even-numbered           years.

 

  •   General Elections are held the Tuesday after the first Monday in November in   even-numbered years.
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  •   Regular Municipal Elections are held the first Tuesday in March of even-             numbered years.

 

  •   Regular School District Elections are held the first Tuesday in February in odd-   numbered years. 

 

  •   College District Elections are held the first Tuesday in March in odd-numbered   years.

 

  •   Special / Bond Elections are held as called for by municipalities, school boards   or the board of County Commissioners