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UPCOMING DATES
November 6, 2018
New Mexico : General election Day

Did You Know?

DID YOU KNOW THE FOLLOWING ABOUT New Mexico

Constructed in 1610, the Palace of the Governors in Santa Fe is the oldest seat of government in the United States.

On July 16, 1945, the world’s first atomic bomb was tested at the Trinity Site in central New Mexico. The bomb was the creation of the Manhattan Project, which had been commissioned to build a nuclear weapon in 1942 after receiving intelligence that Germany was developing an atomic bomb of its own. Residents felt the 19-kiloton explosion as far as 160 miles away.

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When a rancher discovered unusual debris in a sheep pasture outside of Roswell in July 1947, Air Force officials claimed it was the remains of a crashed weather balloon. Years later, a series of test dummy experiments designed to improve pilots’ chance for survival when falling from high altitudes reinforced the view of many that aliens and UFOs were the source of the mysterious occurrences. The town has become a tourist destination for those interested in extraterrestrials ever since.Originating in 1972, the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors each October who come to witness the more than 600 colorful hot air balloons ascend into the air.

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White Sands National Monument contains the largest gypsum dune field in the world. The result of water evaporating from transitory lakes with a high mineral content, gypsum deposits are windswept into picturesque white sand dunes spanning 275 square miles.

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The Spanish language spoken by close to a quarter of a million people throughout New Mexico and southern Colorado is an ancient dialect that is largely Castilian in origin.

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The first atomic bombs were developed and tested in New Mexico during World War II. Los Alamos National Laboratory, which was established for that purpose in 1943, continues to serve as one of the country’s foremost research institutions.

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State of New Mexico Quick Facts
  • Current Population:2,085,109
  • Voter Registration Deadline: 28 days before an election
  • Election Day Voter Registration: NO
  • Early Voting: Yes
  • Absentee Voting: Yes
  • Voter ID: No
  • Electoral Colleges: 5
  • Congressional Districts: 3
  • Date of Statehood: January 6, 1912
  • Size: 121,590 square miles
  • Nickname(s): Land of Enchantment
  • Tree: Piñon Pine
  • Flower: Yucca
  • Bird: Greater Roadrunner
Registered Voters

: 1,197,953

Voter Registration total : 1,197,953

  • Democrat : 54,353
  • Republican : 372,821
  • DTS : 231,006
  • Others : 39,773

Voting And Elections

Am I eligible To Vote in New Mexico?

Most States require citizens to be registered in order to vote. Make sure you understand the voter registration requirements in the state of New Mexico.

  • >>Check if you are eligible to vote

  • Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

    NO: New Mexico does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

    If My Address Has Changed Do I Need To Re-register To Vote?

    When you register to vote, your voter registration is linked to your residential address. When registered voters move, they are supposed to update their registration records with election officials before voting

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  • How Do I Register To Vote in New Mexico?
    Voter registration is a means of determining the candidates and issues for which each voter is eligible to vote. Most states require voters to register to vote a certain number of days before Election Day. Voter Registration also protects the integrity of the ballot box by preventing voting in multiple jurisdictions.

    To register to vote inthe state of New Mexico, voters have the following options :

    Online

    New Mexico enables residents to register through their online voter registration portal. Click the link below to be redirected to your voter registration website

    Can I Take Time Off For Voting? Yes

    On election day a voter may absent himself from employment in which he is engaged for two hours for the purpose of voting between the time of opening and the time of closing the polls. The voter shall not be liable to any penalty for such absence; however, the employer may specify the hours during this period in which the voter may be absent.

    New Mexico State Government

    New Mexico Constitution

    PREAMBLE

    We, the people of New Mexico, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of lib-erty , in order to secure the advantages of a state government, do ordain and establish this constitution.

    No law shall abridge the right of the cit-izen to keep and bear arms for security and defense, for lawful hunting and recreational use and for other lawful purposes, but noth-ing herein shall be held to permit the carry-ing of concealed weapons. No municipality or county shall regulate, in any way, an inci-dent of the right to keep and bear arms.

    All persons are born equally free, and have certain natural, inherent and inalien-able rights, among which are the rights of enjoying and defending life and liberty, of acquiring, possessing and protecting prop-erty, and of seeking and obtaining safety and happiness.

    The Executive Branch
    The New Mexico State Capitol, "The Roundhouse"

    Executive Power

    The supreme executive power of the state shall be vested in the governor, who shall take care that the laws be faithfully exe-cuted. He shall be commander in chief of the military forces of the state, except when they are called into the service of the United States.

    The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenantgovernor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands, who shall, unless otherwise provided in the constitution of New Mexico.

    New Mexico Executive Offices
  • The Governor (Elected)
  • The Lieutenant Governor (Elected)
  • The Attorney General (Elected)
  • The Secretary Of State (Elected)
  • The Treasurer (Elected)
  • The Auditor (Elected)
  • Legislative Branch
    The New Mexico State Capitol, "The Roundhouse"

    Legislative Power

    The legislative power shall be vested in a senate and house of representatives which shall be designated the legislature of the state of New Mexico, and shall hold its ses-sions at the seat of government.

    The Senate shall be composed of no more than forty-two members elected from single-member districts.

    The House of Representatives shall be composed of no more than seventy members elected from single-member districts.

    The legislature consists of 70 representatives and 42 senators. Each member of the House represents roughly 25,980 residents of New Mexico. Each member of the Senate represents roughly 43,300 residents.

    Judicial Branch
    Supreme Court of New Mexico

    Judicial Power

    The judicial power of the state shall be vested in the senate when sitting as a court of impeachment, a supreme court, a court of appeals, district courts; probate courts, magistrate courts and such other courts in-ferior to the district courts as may be estab-lished by law from time to time in any dis-trict, county or municipality of the state.

    The court is composed of five justices; four associate justices and one chief justice.

    The court consists of 10 judges, sitting in panels of three. A majority of two judges must agree on opinions. One judge may act upon a motion unless the motion goes to the merits of the case.

    New Mexico Current Partisan Composition
    State Representatives(70)
    (38)(32)
    State Senators(42)
    (26)(16)
    US Representatives(3)
    (2)(1)
    US Senators(2)
    (2)
    State Executives
    Governor
    Lt. Governor
    Att. General
    Sec. Of State

    State Officials Terms, Authority,Salary, and Qualitications

    New Mexico Executive Offices
    The Governor
    Authority

    Subject to such regulations as may be prescribed by law, the governor shall have power to grant reprieves and pardons, af-ter conviction for all of fenses except treason and in cases of impeachment.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to any of-fice specified in Section One, hereof, un-less he be a citizen of the United States, at least thirty years of age, nor unless he shall have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years next preceding his election; nor to the of fice of attorney general, unless he be a licensed attorney of the supreme court of New Mexico in good standing; nor to the office of superintendent of public in-struction unless he be a trained and experi-ence deducator.

    Election

    The governor and lieutenant governor shall be elected jointly by the casting by each voter of a single vote applicable to both of fices].]>

    Limit on Tenure

    Such of ficers shall, after having served two terms in a state office, be ineligible to hold that state of fice until one full term has intervened.

    Salary

    $110,000

    Qualification age

    at least thirty years of age

    The Lieutenant Governor
    Authority

    The lieutenant governor shall be presi-dent of the senate, but shall vote only when the senate is equally divided

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to any of-fice specified in Section One, hereof, un-less he be a citizen of the United States, at least thirty years of age, nor unless he shall have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years next preceding his election; nor to the of fice of attorney general, unless he be a licensed attorney of the supreme court of New Mexico in good standing; nor to the office of superintendent of public in-struction unless he be a trained and experi-ence deducator.

    Election

    The governor and lieutenant governor shall be elected jointly by the casting by each voter of a single vote applicable to both of fices

    Term of Office

    Be elected for terms of four years beginning on the first day of January next after their election.

    Limit on Tenure

    Such of ficers shall, after having served two terms in a state office, be ineligible to hold that state of fice until one full term has intervened.

    Salary

    $85,000.

    Qualification age

    At least thirty years of age.

    The Attorney General
    Authority

    The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to any office specified in Section One, hereof, unless he be a citizen of the United States, at least thirty years of age, nor unless he shall have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years next preceding his election; nor to the office of attorney general, unless he be a licensed attorney of the supreme court of New Mexico in good standing; nor to the office of superintendent of public instruction unless he be a trained and experienced educator.

    Election

    New Mexico elects attorneys general in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    4 years.

    Limit on Tenure

    2-term limit.

    Salary

    $95,000.

    Qualification age

    At least thirty years of age.

    The Secretary Of State
    Authority

    The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to any office specified in Section One, hereof, unless he be: a citizen of the United States, at least thirty years of age nor unless he shall have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years next preceding his election.

    Election

    New Mexico elects secretaries of state in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    Four-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    Serving two consecutive terms in office.

    Salary

    $85,000.

    Qualification age

    At least thirty years of age.

    The Treasurer
    Authority

    The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands.

    Qualifications

    A citizen of the United States, At least 30 years of age,Has resided continuously in New Mexico for five years preceding the election

    Election

    New Mexico elects treasurers in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    Four-year term.

    Limit on Tenure

    The state treasurer is limited to serving two consecutive four-year terms.

    Salary

    $85,000.

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years of age.

    The Auditor
    Authority

    The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands

    Qualifications

    A citizen of the United States, At least 30 years of age,Have resided continuously in New Mexico for five years preceding the election

    Election

    New Mexico elects auditors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not presidential election years.

    Term of Office

    The state auditor is limited to serving two consecutive four-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    four-year terms

    Salary

    $85,000

    Qualification age

    At least 30 years of age

    New Mexico State Congress
    The State House
    Authority

    The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be eligible to serve in the legislature who, at the time of qualifying, holds any office of trust or profit with the state, county or national governments, except notaries public and officers of the militia who receive no salary.

    Election

    They shall be elected on the day provided by law for holding the general election of state of ficers or representatives in congress.

    Term of Office

    Members of the House of Representatives for a term of two years.

    Limit on Tenure

    No limit on consecutive term.

    Salary

    $0/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Representatives not less than twenty-one years of age at the time of their election.

    The State Senate
    Authority

    The Lieutenant Governor of New Mexico is the presiding officer of the Senate and in that capacity is referred to as President of the Senate.

    Qualifications

    Senators shall not be less than twenty-five years of age and representatives not less than twenty-one years of age at the time of their election.

    Election

    They shall be elected on the day provided by law for holding the general election of state of ficers or representatives in congress.

    Term of Office

    All seats are up for election every four years.

    Limit on Tenure

    are not subject to term limits.

    Salary

    $0/year + per diem

    Qualification age

    Shall not be less than twenty-five years of age.

    New Mexico State Courts
    The Supreme Court
    Authority

    The court may hear direct appeals in cases of life sentences or writs of habeas corpus.

    Qualifications

    No person shall be qualified to hold the office of justice of the supreme court un-less that person is at least thirty-five years old and has been in the actual practice of law for at least ten years preceding that per-son's assumption of office and has resided in this state for at least three years immedi-ately preceding that person's assumption of office. The actual practice of law shall in-clude a lawyer's service upon the bench of any court of this state.

    Election

    Justices are selected by both gubernatorial commission process and partisan elections.

    Term of Office

    Term of 8 years

    Limit on Tenure

    Chief salary

    $127,000

    Associate salary

    $125,000

    Qualification age

    Be at least 35 years old.

    The Court Appeal
    Authority

    The court takes all appeals from lower courts except those involving capital punishment or life imprisonment, those involving habeas corpus and appeals from the Public Regulation Commission.

    Qualifications

    Be at least 35 years old have practiced law for 10 years or more be a state resident for at least three years

    Election

    Judges of the New Mexico Court of Appeals are appointed by the governor, who chooses from a list of candidates recommended by a judicial nominating commission.

    Term of Office

    Judges hold eight-year terms.

    Limit on Tenure

    May run in a retention election in the general election at the end of their term

    Salary

    $119,000

    Qualification age

    Be at least 35 years old.

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