Voter Registration in New Mexico
Besides becoming licensed to drive, another privilege on the road to adulthood is turning 18 years old and being allowed to enter a voting booth to make your own political choices. No more watching on the sidelines while other people choose your state and national representatives and vote on what local taxes you will pay. Now you can earn the "I voted" sticker.
Of course, being 18 years old brings with it a host of other obligations. When you reach the legal age of adulthood, you have new responsibilities to the state (i.e. men signing up for Selective Service) and to the community (i.e. voting).
If you are male and apply for a driver's license between the ages of 18 to 26 years old, the Motor Vehicle Division will automatically toss your name into the Selective Service pool. But registering to vote is not the domain of the MVD.
To sign up to vote in New Mexico, visit your local county clerk's office and fill out the voter registration form. You may also print out a national postcard form and mail it to your local county clerk or to the New Mexico Secretary of State's office.
If you submit your form by mail, you'll also need to include copes of:
- Photo identification.
- Proof of name and residency (e.g. utility bill, paycheck, bank statement, etc.).
You can also register to vote when you apply or renew your driver's license at a New Mexico MVD office.
There are a few basic requirements you must meet in order to be eligible to vote in the United States and to register in New Mexico:
- You must be 18 years old by Election Day.
- You must be a U.S. citizen.
- You must be a resident of New Mexico.
- If you have been convicted of a felony, you must have had your civil rights restored.
- You must not have been judged mentally unfit.
If you intend to vote in an upcoming election, you must register to vote at least 28 days before the event.Other Topics in This SectionTrue or False
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