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The Doña Ana County clerk sends out absentee ballot applications


Pursuant to changes enacted by the New Mexico State Legislature during the 2020 special session, the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office will begin sending absentee ballot applications to more than 90,000 eligible voters on Monday, Sept. 14.

The mailing will include voters who have voted, registered to vote or updated their voter registration since December 31, 2015. It will not include voters who already successfully applied for an absentee ballot for the 2020 general election before Aug. 31.

“We want to make sure we are doing all we can to offer eligible voters every opportunity to make their voices heard in this year’s election,” said Doña Ana County Clerk Amanda López Askin. “Whether voters decided to participate via absentee ballot, in person during early voting or in person on Election Day, I know that when more eligible voters vote, the better we are as a community. Our office is hoping and preparing for a large turnout.”

Voters only need one approved application for the 2020 general election on file in order to receive an absentee ballot, and applicants can track the status of their applications online at NMVote.org. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is October 20.

As of Sept. 14, more than 15,000 of the county’s registered voters had already successfully applied for an absentee ballot for the 2020 general election. The clerk will begin to mail absentee ballots to voters with approved applications on Oct. 6.

The voter, the voter's immediate family member, or the voter's caregiver may return a completed absentee ballot to the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office or to any voting convenience center during Early Voting and Election Day. If returning an absentee ballot by mail, voters are encouraged to send it by Tuesday, Oct. 27.

All absentee ballots must be returned in the provided envelopes to the county clerk by 7 p.m. on November 3.

For more information, please contact our office at 575-647-7428 or visit dacelections.com.  To apply for an absentee ballot online, check the status of an absentee ballot application, or to make voter registration updates, please go to NMVote.org.