What’s on the ballot?
Competitive statewide races on the general election ballot include governor and lieutenant governor, attorney general, secretary of state, treasurer, and auditor.
In the redesigned Congressional District 3 which still includes the northern New Mexico Democratic strongholds of Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Taos counties but now also incorporates parts of Republican counties in the southwestern part of the state, incumbent Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez faces off for second time with Republican Alexis Martinez Johnson, whom she beat 59-41% in her first race of 2020. (Voters in other parts of the state also contested races: In Congressional District 2, Republican incumbent Yvette Harrell will try to fend off a challenge from Democrat Gabe Vazquez; District 1, Democrat incumbent Melanie Stansbury faces GOP Michelle Garcia Holmes.)
Many local races were decided in the June 7 primary election. As for the state legislature, the only contested seat in the Santa Fe area is Rep. Andrea Romero, an incumbent Democrat facing a challenge from Republican Jay Groseclose in House District 46.
Judiciary power :
- In the Supreme Court, Justice Nominees Brianna Zamora and Julie Vargas, both Democrats, are on the ballot against Republicans Kerry J Morris and Thomas C Montoya, respectively. The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission plans to release its recommendations in the Supreme Court races and for seven Metropolitan Court judgeships (for Bernalillo County voters) next month. Judge Michael Vigil is awaiting detention.
- On the Court of Appeal, 2021-appointed Justice Gerald E. Baca, a Democrat, is running for office against Republican Barbara Johnson and Libertarian Sophie Cooper for No. 1; and Democrat Katherine Anne Wray, also nominated last year, is taking on Libertarian Stephen Curtis and Republican Gertrude Lee for the Position 2 seat. Judge Jane Yohalem is pending retention.
Three Statewide Constitutional Amendments: Read One legislative analysis of the pros and cons here.
- Permanent Land Grant Fund: Should the state send more money from the extractive industries to early childhood education, public schools and other programs? The proposal would increase cash disbursements from the investment of this fund from 5% of the product to 6.25%.
- Re-election of appointed judges: Should a judge appointed to fill a vacancy be elected at the first general election one year after his appointment? The state constitution now stipulates that these judges must be elected in the next general election after their appointment.
- Modify the anti-donation clause: Should the state add an exception to the anti-donation clause to allocate public funds to infrastructure that provides essential services such as internet, energy, water or wastewater?
Three general duty bonds for 1) $24.47 million for seniors’ centres; 2) $19.3 million for public libraries; 3) $215 million for public higher education, public special schools, and tribal schools? These debts are paid off by property tax revenues.
See the full list of Secretary of State nominees for office in New Mexico here.
When does voting start?
Mail-in ballots will first be mailed to voters on Oct. 11, the same day voters can vote for the first time in person at the county clerk’s office. (Santa Fe’s is at 100 Catron St.)
Santa Fe County voters can also visit all other voting locations from the third Saturday before the election, Oct. 22, through the Saturday before the election, Nov. 5. “In general, the earliest sites are located at the Santa Fe Rodeo Grounds, Pojoaque Satellite Office, Abedon Lopez Community Center, Christian Life Church, Southside Library, Max Coll Corridor in El Dorado, and Edgewood City Administrative Office. Exact locations and times will be posted and announced,” according to the county clerk’s website. Election day is Tuesday, November 9. Polling stations are open that day from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
How can I register to vote?
Register by mail and on line before October 11. Or, use same day registration at the county clerk’s office until Election Day, and at polling places on Election Day and expanded early voting sites. Bring a New Mexico driver’s license or New Mexico ID card issued by the Motor Vehicle Division of the Department of Taxes and Revenue; any document containing a county address and photo ID; or a valid student photo ID from a post-secondary institution in New Mexico along with a current student fee statement showing the student’s county address.
What is the procedure for voting by post?
First, request a postal ballot by filling out the form here and return it to the clerk’s office. Then, complete your ballot when it arrives after October 11 and return it to a drop box or by mail. November 3 is technically the last day to request an absentee ballot (to return the form, not to request it), but officials say that rolls the dice with the United States Postal Service and does not recommend you to wait that long.
What is the required age to vote?
How long do I have to live in New Mexico or Santa Fe to be able to vote?
There is no length residency requirement. Once you have established a residential address, you can register to vote.
How can voters find out who donates to candidates’ campaigns?
Campaign finance reports are then due to the Secretary of State on September 12, October 11 and November 3.
Call the Santa Fe County Clerk at (505) 986-6280 or the SoS at (505) 827-3600.