New Mexico ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: New Mexico's online absentee ballot application portal can be accessed directly at this link or through the Secretary of State’s Voter Information Portal NMvote.org. Ballots will be mailed in early May to eligible New Mexico voters who requested them. Secretary of State Oliver said that everyone should vote absentee if possible, and should only vote at the polls if absolutely necessary.

Who is eligible to request an absentee ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered New Mexico voter may apply for an absentee ballot. No excuse is required.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.

Do you need to submit ID with your absentee ballot request?

No. Unless you are a first-time voter – see Voter Registration section above.

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: May 18, 2020

Hannah Piercey

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