Register to vote

You may register to vote at the Dona Ana County Bureau of Elections or The Dona Ana County Republican Party Headquarters.

Bureau of Elections
845 North Motel Boulevard
Las Cruces, NM 88007-8100
(575) 647-7428

DARP Headquarters
3201 S. Main St. Ste. A
Las Cruces, NM 88005
(575) 523-8683

Voter Registration Information


• If registering by mail, to be able to vote in the next election, you must register 28 days before that election no later than 5 p.m.
• Hand delivered voter registrations, delivered directly to the County Clerk, may be delivered up to Friday after the close of registration.
• If registering by facsimile or scanned document, military and overseas voters may register up until 3 days before the election.
You must declare your party affiliation when you register if you want to vote in Primary Elections.
Registration is permanent in New Mexico as long as you do not move, change your name or party affiliation.


To register to vote in the State of New Mexico, an individual must meet the following qualifications:
• Be a resident of New Mexico
• Be a citizen of the United States
• Not legally declared mentally unfit
• Be at least 18 years at the time of the next election
• Felons who have completed all of the terms and conditions of their sentencing


You may register to vote by using the mail-in registration form. These are available at any County Clerk's Office, at the Office of the Secretary of State and at many state agencies that serve specific clients such as Motor Vehicles Offices.
You may register to vote when applying for a new or renewed driver's license, when applying for certain public assistance or services, at public libraries, or colleges and universities.

You can also register to vote using the National Voter Registration Form. This form must be returned to the County Clerk's or Secretary of State's office.

You can verify your voter registration status by contacting your County Clerk's Office or searching online at Voter View.


Who Can Absentee Vote in New Mexico?

Any registered voter in New Mexico may vote absentee during the 28 day period prior to an election.

How Can I Acquire an Absentee Ballot?

A voter or organization may request the New Mexico Absentee Ballot Application by mail, telephone, or in person, by contacting the County Clerk's Office.

You can download a pdf application for an Absentee Ballot.


Overseas/Military Absentee Voters

Members of the military and other citizens overseas may request an absentee ballot by filling out the Federal Postcard Application and get additional information on voting from overseas from the OverseasVote Foundation, available online here.


How do I Return the Absentee Ballot and What is the Deadline?

The county clerk must receive the New Mexico Absentee Ballot Application no later than 5:00 p.m., 4 days before the election. How do I Return the Absentee Ballot and What is the Deadline?

Ballots must be returned to the County Clerk before 7 p.m. on Election Day to be counted. Ballots can be returned in person, by mail, or by a member of the absentee voter's immediate family or the voter's caregiver.

A military or overseas voter, may transmit an absentee ballot by facsimile or scanned document to the County Clerk. The voter must sign and transmit a waiver of secrecy form, provided by the County Clerk.


Where do I Go to Vote?

You can determine your polling place by contacting your County Clerk's Office or searching online here. Polls will be open from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm on Election Day.

What do I Need to Bring?

You are required to provide identification at the polls if you are a first time voter and your identification was not verified during the registration process. You must provide a current address in this county and valid photo ID, utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or other government document that shows your name and address. If you registered by mail for the first time in this county and did not provide identification when you registered or do not have it with you at the polling place you will be given a provisional ballot.

Can I Get Time Off to Vote?

Employees whose work day begins within 2 hours of the polls opening and ends less than 3 hours before polls close are entitled to up to 2 paid hours leave to vote. The employer can set the time for leave to vote.


Early voting may be done Tuesday-Friday from Noon to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. beginning on the 3rd Saturday before the election and ending on the Saturday before the election. You may also vote in your County Clerk’s office 28 days before the election during regular hours of business.

Source of information:

New Mexico Secretary of State
Bureau of Elections
State Capitol Room 420
Santa Fe, New Mexico 87503
Phone: 505-827-3600
Fax: 505-827-8403
Toll Free: 1-800-477-3632