Party Affiliation

Selecting Party Affiliation

The state of New Mexico does not hold Open Primary Elections. To be eligible to vote in the Primary Election, individuals must be registered as a Democrat, Libertarian, Republican or party that has been qualified by the Secretary of State’s Office as a Major Party. A registered voter who wishes to change party affiliation in time to vote in a primary election must do so 28 days before the election.

Currently (2019); Qualified Major Parties Include: 

  • Democratic Party of New Mexico
  • Republican Party of New Mexico
  • Libertarian Party of New Mexico

Qualified Minor Parties Include: 

  • New Mexico Working Families Party

Each party has the option of holding a Presidential Caucus several months previous to the June Primary Election for the purpose of nominating a candidate for the Office of President. For more information concerning party activity, contact the party chairman listed below.

Should you choose not to select a party affiliation or choose Independent, your Voter Information Card will reflect a DTS status. DTS stands for Declined to Select. If you have any questions please call our office at 866-2080.

For more information regarding party affiliation, or information on the party qualification process, please visit the Secretary of State's website here.

Valencia County Party Chairman

Democratic Party Chair

Pam Cordova
P.O. Box 94
Belen, NM 87002
Phone: 505-514-7492
Email the Democratic Party Chair

Republican Party Chair

Michael Candelaria
P.O. Box 841
Los Lunas, NM 87031
Phone: 505-865-2997
Email the Republican Party Chair