2020 General Election
2020 General Election
In response to potential risks to the 2020 General Election from the COVID -19 pandemic, Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham signed Senate Bill 4 allowing for temporary changes to the 2020 General Election.
The 2020 General Election will include a number of races including County Commissioners, County Treasurer, County Clerk, State Representatives, U.S. Representative, U.S. Senator and President of the United States. All registered voters are eligible to vote. Registered voters may update their party during the same day voter registration period.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the County Clerk is strongly encouraging voters to consider voting via absentee ballot during the 2020 General Election. Any registrant may vote by absentee ballot for all candidates and on all questions appearing on the ballot as if you were casting it in person at a regular polling place on Election Day. You will need to formally request an absentee ballot. You may request a ballot by:
- Submitting an application online at NMVote.org.
- Printing an application and mailing it to our office at 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, NM 88007.
- Returning a completed application that you received in the mail from our office or the Secretary of State to our office at 845 N. Motel Blvd., Las Cruces, NM 88007.
- Emailing email@example.com to request an application.
Note: Please only mark “General Election” on your application, as we have to have a different, approved absentee application on file for each election in which you are applying to vote via absentee ballot. For more information about how to fill out an absentee ballot application please read this guide.
All absentee ballot applications must be received no later than October 20th. Once we receive, review and approve your request, beginning Oct. 6th, we will mail you a ballot and the required envelopes you will use to return the ballot to us. Tracking for the status of your application and receipt of your ballot by our office is available at NMVote.org.
Absentee ballots can be returned by the voter, the voter's immediate family member, or by the voter's caregiver by mail or at any voting convenience center during Early Voting and Election Day. All early voting sites, including the Government Center, will have outdoor absentee ballot return options through drop boxes that will be manned by election officials.
We will also have these outdoor return boxes at 14 of our Election Day voting centers:
- Anthony City Hall
- Chaparral Middle School
- Corbett Center
- DAC Government Center
- Desert Hills Elementary School
- Desert View Elementary School
- Jornada Elementary School
- Las Cruces City Hall
- Lynn Middle School
- Mayfield High School
- Oñate High School
- Santa Teresa Middle School
- Sierra Middle School
- Sonoma Elementary School
At all other Election Day voting centers, indoor, table top boxes will be utilized for expedited absentee ballot box return. These boxes will also be manned by election officials.
All ballots must be returned in the provided envelopes by 7 p.m. on November 3rd, 2020.
Important Dates: (Click here for flyer in English and Español)
- Oct. 6, 2020: Absentee Voting begins, and Voter Registration closes online or by mail. However, a qualified elector may register to vote or update an existing certification of registration in person at the county clerk’s office, or designated alternative voting locations, immediately prior to voting through October 31, 2020.
- Oct. 6, 2020: Early Voting begins at the Doña Ana County Government Center.
- Oct. 17, 2020: Early Voting begins at Alternate Voting Locations. See a list of alternate early voting locations here.
- October 20, 2020: The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot.
- October 27, 2020: The deadline for a UOCAVA (Federal/Overseas) absentee applications to be returned.
- Nov. 3, 2020: General Election Day. See a list of Election Day voting locations here.