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Voters must register by Oct. 7
Voters who want to cast a ballot in the Nov. 4 election must register by Oct. 7 to be eligible. Voters must be New Mexico residents who are U.S. citizens 18 years old or older.
As the deadline to register approaches, Deputy Bernalillo County Clerk Roman Montoya said the number of registered voters is increasing.
As of Sept. 26, 436,353 people were registered in the county.
Voters in November will choose a governor and statewide officials, members of the state House of Representatives, three members of the U.S. House, and a member of the U.S. Senate.
Despite candidates’ best efforts, not everyone around campus plans to participate in the political process. UNM graduate student in physical education Travis Davis said he doesn’t plan to register or vote.
“I am not registered to vote because I don’t feel like my single vote has much importance one way or another,” he said.
But UNM student Kami Horna, who is a double major in dance and Psychology said she’ll be there on election day.
“I am a registered voter. My one vote could be the difference. Also if you have an opinion, you should voice it,” she said.
While an ID is required to register to vote, Montoya said the statewide and county elections that are administered by Bernalillo County do not require a photo ID.
Voters who are unable to cast a ballot in person on election day can do so before Nov. 4. Residents can vote in person during early voting, which begins Oct. 18 and ends Nov. 1. Hours of operation for early voting sites vary by location. Voters can call their local county clerk’s office to find out their location.
Voters also may vote by mail using an absentee ballot, which Bernalillo County residents can request here. an be requested by mail, telephone, or in person. Voters who live in Bernalillo County can check their registration status here while voters outside the county can check here.[/text_output][/vc_column][/vc_row]