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Voting 101

Before you hit the polls, know your rights!

October 23, 2012, 10:00 pm

 In Santa Fe, early voting goes until Nov. 3; registered voters may visit either the Santa Fe County Clerk’s office (102 Grant Ave.) from 8 am-5 pm Monday-Friday (and on Saturday, Nov. 3, but no other Saturdays) or four other sites in Eldorado, Edgewood, Pojoaque and on Rodeo Road (visit santafecountynm.gov/clerk for specific times and locations). Here, SFR offers a few voting tips from the county clerk and the New Mexico Secretary of State, who oversees voting statewide. (The same information applies on voting day, 7am-7pm Tuesday, Nov. 6.) For more information and to find your polling location, visit SFR’s election page at SFReporter.com/elections.

From the Santa Fe County Clerk’s election worker handbook:
ALL voters must identify themselves by providing their name, address and year of birth. How they do so is up to the voter. Voters can state their name, address, and year of birth or write this information on a piece of paper.


If voters cannot identify themselves, have them use a Provisional Ballot…[T]hey may come back to your precinct with a copy of their ID before the polls close at 7:00 pm. Put the copy in the big blue canvas bag. Voters may also deliver a copy of the ID to the County Clerk’s Office before 5:00 pm on the Thursday immediately after Election Day.

From the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office:


You may request assistance in voting at the polls if you are blind, physically disabled, unable to read or write or a member of a language minority.

Any person of your choice may assist you
, except your employer, an agent of the employer, an officer or agent of your union, or a candidate whose name is on the ballot.

You do not have to present a photo ID.
Only if you are registering for the first time in New Mexico, and you submit the registration form by mail, then you must submit with the form a copy of (1) a current and valid photo identification; or (2) a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, student identification card or other government document, including identification issued by an Indian nation, tribe or pueblo that shows your name and current address. If you do not submit one of these forms of identification with your mailed-in, first time registration, then you would be required to present one of the forms of identification when voting in person or absentee.

 

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