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Q: WHERE ARE THE ELECTION DAY VOTING LOCATIONS WHERE CAN I VOTE IN-PERSON OR DROP OFF MY ABSENTEE BALLOT?

A: You may vote in-person at any Election Day Voting Convenience Center. If you are voting absentee, please complete your absentee ballot according to the instructions, and hand deliver to any Election Day Voting Convenience Center.

Q: HOW DO I COMPLETE MY ABSENTEE BALLOT FOR DROP OFF?

A: Absentee ballots must be completed according to the instructions or they will be rejected.

  • Clearly mark your choices on the absentee ballot.
    • For write-in candidates you must fill in the oval in addition to neatly writing the name.
  • Insert the completed ballot into the inner envelope and seal it (using tape if necessary).
      • Insert the inner envelope into the outer mailing envelope.
      • Sign the outer envelope where indicated under the privacy flap.
        Enter your registered address and your birth year where indicated under the privacy flap
    • Seal the outer envelope.
      • Hand deliver to any of the early voting sites or to any of the election day voting sites.

Q: IS IT TOO LATE TO MAIL MY ABSENTEE BALLOT?

A: The consensus among election officials and the U.S. Postal Service is that ballots mailed from a Bernalillo County location on or before November 3, 2022 will arrive by 7 p.m. on Election Day, November 8, 2022. After November 3, 2022 please hand-deliver your ballot to ensure it arrives on time. Click the link of Return Your Absentee Ballot for more information.

Please contact the Bureau of Elections office (505) 468-1291 Ext. 2.

Q: I REQUESTED AN ABSENTEE BALLOT BUT NOW I WANT TO VOTE IN PERSON. WHAT DO I DO?

A: When you check in at your preferred Voting Convenience Center, tell the poll worker that you requested an absentee ballot but have decided to vote in-person. Click the link for Election Day Voting Convenience Center locations and hours.

Q: MY ABSENTEE BALLOT HAS NOT ARRIVED YET. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

A: Please contact the Bureau of Elections office (505) 468-1291 Ext. 2.

County Clerks started mailing absentee ballots to those who have requested them on October 11, 2022*. If you have not received yours yet, please check the status of your absentee ballot by clicking here and entering your information. If your absentee application was accepted and your ballot mailed, please wait at least 7 days before calling 505-243-VOTE to inquire. Most of the absentee ballots sent in the first wave have arrived. But we are aware of a small number that have not been delivered yet. So please be patient and your ballot should arrive shortly. Thank you.

*This date (28th day before an election) is set by New Mexico law (Section 1-6-22.1 NMSA 1978).

Q: HOW DO I TRACK MY ABSENTEE BALLOT?

A: Go to this page on NMVote.org. Enter your name as it appears on your voter registration form, your date of birth and then select your county. Then select “My Absentee Application & Ballot Tracker.” There you will see the date your application was received and the application status. Assuming your application was accepted, it will show the date your ballot was mailed. And then, the date your ballot was received by the County Clerk. You can also use this service to see your registered address, districts, sample ballot, voting history and your county clerk contact information. To easily find this page in the future, click “My Voter Information” on BerncoVotes.org.

Q: IS IT OKAY IF THE MARKER I USED ON MY ABSENTEE BALLOT BLED THROUGH A LITTLE?

A: Yes. If you used a felt tip marker that bled through your absentee ballot a little, that will be fine. It wil not interfere with the processing of your ballot. If you haven’t filled out your ballot yet, we prefer that you use a black pen. Be sure to complete the ballot by placing it in the inner envelope, inserting the inner envelope into the outer envelope. You then must sign the outer envelope and enter your birth year and registered address under the privacy flap, and seal the envelope. Please mail your absentee ballot on or before November 3, 2022. Click the link of Return Your Absentee Ballot for more information.

Q: I HAVE ANY QUESTION ABOUT VOTING IN BERNALILLO COUNTY. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

A: Please rely on official sources for elections and voting information. For Bernalillo County voters, that’s BerncoVotes.org. View the website navigation options to see information organized by topic, or just click the link with your desired topic. If you can’t find the answer, please call 505-243-VOTE or email clerk@bernco.gov. For statewide information, please rely on the NM Voter Information Portal at NMVote.org. If you’re a NM voter living outside of Bernalillo County, click here for the contact information for your county clerk.

Q: IS IT TOO LATE TO REGISTER TO VOTE FOR THE NOVEMBER 8TH, 2022, GENERAL ELECTION?

A: The deadline to register to vote online or through submission of a paper application for voter registration is October 11, 2022. However, it is now possible to register just before voting during Early Voting, and on–Election Day. Read more…