Bureau of Elections

 

Valencia County Clerk Peggy Carabajal


OFFICE HOURS
Monday - Friday (8:00 AM - 5:00 PM)
PO Box 969 / 444 Luna Ave.
Los Lunas, NM 87031
Phone: 505.866.2080
FAX: 505.866.2015

 

 

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UPCOMING ELECTIONS

2016 Municipal Election
2016 Primary Election
2016 General Election

 

Register to Vote!!!

 

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Click on the link below to view your current registration information;

https://voterview.state.nm.us/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I regiser to vote in New Mexico?

  • You may register to vote on two different forms - either the New Mexico Certificate of Registration form or the National Voter Registration Form.
  • The New Mexico Certificate of Registration Form ("New Mexico Form") is available at any county clerk's office, the Office of the Secretary of State, or many state agencies that serve specific clients at those offices such as motor vehicle offices (Section 1-4-5.1, 1-4-5.2, NMSA 1978) and offices offering public assistance.
  • A voter may request the New Mexico form by mail, telephone, or in person. The New Mexico form is on cardstock, is a permanent record and is not available online. It may not be duplicated. You may also register with a Third-Party Registration Agent (Section 1-4-5, NMSA 1978).
  • The National Voter Registration Form ("National Form") is available online at www.fec.gov.  This form may be downloaded or duplicated by any voter or organization.
  • Individuals or groups conducting voter registration drives may use Third Party Registration Forms or the National Form. Once a form is filled out, individuals or groups cannot copy, convey or use the date of birth or social security number information on the form (Section 1-4-5 (E), NMSA 1978).
  • Organizations employing registration agents or using volunteer registration agents shall deliver a certificate of registration to the Secretary of State or the county clerk within 48 hours. A person who willfully violates the provisions of this section is guilty of a petty misdemeanor and shall have his third-party registration agent status revoked (Section 1-4-49 (D), NMSA 1978). The Secretary of State will send completed forms to the appropriate county clerk.
  • Once the county clerk has accepted the form for filing, individuals or groups may make a public records request. However, the day and month of birth and the social security number on the form is always privacy protected (Section 1-4-12 (C), NMSA 1978).
  • 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 (1) a current and valid photo identification; or (2) 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.

When does voter registration close?

  • Voter registration closes 28 days prior to an election. (Section 1-4-8 (A)(1),(6), NMSA 1978). For the Primary Election, the deadline is May 6, 2014. For the General Election, the deadline is October 7, 2014.
  • Hand delivered voter registrations, delivered directly to the county clerk, may be delivered until the Friday after the close of registration if the voter registration is dated and postmarked on or before the 28 days preceding the election and received on the Friday after the close of registration. (Section1-4-5.1 (E) and 1-4-8 (A)(6), NMSA 1978).
  • For military and overseas voters ONLY, county clerks shall accept a certificate of registration by electronic transmission until the Friday before the election at 5:00 p.m. For the Primary Election, the deadline is May 30, 2014 and for the General Election October 31, 2014 (Section 1-4-8 (B), NMSA 1978).

First Time Registrants

  • 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 (1) a current and valid photo identification; or (2) 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.

Valencia County wants you to Vote Your Way On Your Way!

Voting Convenience Centers

Why It Works

  • US Census Bureau reports  the #1 reason for not voting is “no time/too busy”
  • Proximity to location, travel and wait times weighed against other essential tasks, i.e. work, errands, appointments
  • Reducing opportunity costs occurs when voting can fit into regular activity route

 

Why Voting Convenience Centers are great!

  • When using traditional precinct assigned polling locations, each voter must vote at the polling place assigned to the precinct in which the voter is registered.  Failing to do this, the voter must vote on a provisional ballot.  Using a Voting Convenience Center, voters do not have the burden of finding their assigned polling place at one of the 15 voting locations serving 41 precincts; instead the voter has the option to vote close to home, school or work.  There is no “wrong” location at which to vote.
  • Provisional ballots are almost unnecessary.  Provisional ballots have always been problematic regarding candidates running in districts because a voter that votes provisionally in the wrong district will not have the vote counted for those candidates.  By eliminating traditional Election Day precincts, voters will never have any of their votes ruled out because they receive their true ballot containing candidates that represent them.
  • Election Day VCC’s reduce the scale and complexity of administering Election Day to more manageable levels.  There is also a reduction in response time to VCC’s by Bureau of Elections staff and Voting Machine Tech for trouble shooting. 

 

Some Criteria Used for Choosing VCC Sites.

  • Each location must have a technological system that can interface with Valencia County’s System and be secure
  • Each location must be ADA compliant
  • Location must be familiar to voters
  • Locations proximity must be accessible to voters within their communities as well as their daily commute

 

Voting Convenience Center History.

  • The vote center model was first implemented in 2003.
  • Early success of the VCC model let other jurisdictions to consider its advantages over the traditional model.
  • There are at least seven states that have piloted a VCC Concept.  In New Mexico there are currently some counties that have moved to a full VCC model or similar concept.
  • In New Mexico, Senate Bill 337 passed by the 2011 Legislature and was signed by Governor Martinez.  It provides County Clerks the option to utilize Voting Convenience Centers during elections.

Avoid Long Lines!  Vote Early!

  • You may also vote early in-person.  Go to your county clerk's office beginning the 28th day before the election and vote.  (Section 1-6-5, NMSA 1978).
  • Early voting begins on the third Saturday before the election at alternate sites.  Call our office for locations.
  • Early voting ends the Saturday before the election.

 

Your County Clerk and the Bureau of Elections is always available if you have any questions!