The time to vote
In the midst of the pandemic and the anticipation of a partial re-opening of the state this weekend, its important to remember that these and many other matters that impact our daily lives will be driven and managed in the coming year by our elected officials. For many of us, this makes voting in the upcoming June primary election a personal as well as a political action, and makes voter participation more important than ever.
If you are already registered to vote, you can vote by absentee ballot. Begin by searching for your voter registration through the New Mexico Secretary of State voter information portal. Once your information is retrieved and confirmed to be correct, you can fill out an absentee ballot application . To complete the application, you must confirm your identity by providing driver’s license and social security numbers. Your absentee ballot will then be mailed to you by the local county clerk.
The deadline for submitting an application for an absentee ballot is May 28th.. The deadline for returning a completed absentee ballot is June 2. According to a March press release from the New Mexico Secretary of State, “All absentee ballots may be returned … to the voter’s County Clerk’s Office, or at an alternative voting location … or any Election Day polling location….” Due to the timeframe, we recommend that you do not mail in your ballot but that you physically deliver your absentee ballot to one of these locations.
The following sites are eligible to receive absentee ballots in San Miguel County:
Saturday May 30th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Deliver to office or drop in red ballot box outside the office.
Saturday May 16th, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Drop in absentee box during early voting hours.
Vote Early, Register Soon
You can vote early at either the San Miguel County Clerk’s office or at the Ribera Cultural Center alternate voting site. Early voting is available on the same days and at the same times as listed above.
If you need to register to vote, or to correct your voter registration information, you can visit the San Miguel County Clerk’s office, where you can register in person or correct/update your registration. You may register to vote or update your registration until 6:00 p.m. on Saturday May 30th.
If you choose this option, you will also be able to “vote early” within 30 minutes of registering or making changes to your voter registration information.
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