Make A Plan To Vote
Most nonvoters don't plan on not voting: they just didn't plan to vote. The more specific of a plan you make to vote, the more likely you are to vote. Your plan should include all those 'W Questions' you learned in school.
- When are you going to vote?
- Where are you going to vote?
- How are you going to get there?
- Who are you going to vote for?
- How are you going to research your vote?
- What do you need to bring with you?
- Do you need assistance voting due to a disability?
- Will you need to arrange childcare or a ride?
1. Verify your voter registration
Whether you need to update your address, change your name, or register to vote for the first time, your first stop is always going to be the Secretary of State's Voter Portal. Even if you think everything is up-to-date, it never hurts to double check.
2. Decide when you want to vote
Your options are to...
- Vote by mail: Voting by mail gives you more time to vote in the comfort of your own home, no need to arrange transportation, child care, or time off work. Voting by mail is safe, secure, and private. You can request an absentee ballot and track the current status of your absentee vote online or by contacting the Doña Ana County Clerk's office. The last day to request an absentee ballot is October 28th. All voted absentee ballots must be received by the County Clerk's office by 7 pm on Election Day.
- Vote early: Voting early gives you more flexibility on when you vote, with weekend and evening hours available. Early voting begins October 4th and ends October 30th at the Doña Ana County Government Building, Mondays through Fridays, 8-5. Alternate early voting sites start on October 16th and end on October 30th, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 am to 7 pm. Early voting locations will be finalized in September and linked here.
- Vote on election day: On Election Day polls are open 7 am to 7 pm. Polling locations will be finalized in September and linked here. Questions can be directed to the County Clerk's office at 575-647-7428.
Whichever option you choose, be specific in your plan by asking yourself when, where, and how you're getting there.
3. Be a part of your community
Being a voter is part of being a community. How can you help your community participate?
- Offer someone a ride to the polls
- Watch your friends' kids while they go and vote
- Text your friend to remind them to vote
- Take someone with you when you vote
- Share on social media that you voted