SANTA FE—On January 1, 2016, New Mexico will join 26 other states in providing online voter registration. The new system will allow eligible residents with a state-issued I.D. to register or update their registration online at the Secretary of State’s website: www.sos.state.nm.us.
The safe, secure, and easy-to-use system developed and administered by the Secretary of State’s office will ensure more accurate voter rolls while simultaneously saving money by reducing mail-in applications, requiring fewer provisional ballots on Election Day and even shortening wait times at polling places.
Using a current or expired driver’s license or other state-issued I.D., eligible voters will be able to update an existing voter registration or register for the first time anywhere they’re connected to the Internet. Available in both English and Spanish, special consideration has also been made to make the registration
system accessible to the visually impaired.
“New Mexicans cherish their right to vote,” said Secretary Brad Winter. “Online voter registration is a terrific way to make it easier for citizens to get engaged with their government. Not only will online registration make elections more accessible, it will also lead to more accurate voter rolls. That means less time waiting in line, a lower chance of electoral fraud and more taxpayer money saved. It’s a huge win for New Mexico and New Mexican voters.”
The creation of an online voter registration system was authorized by Senate Bill 643, which passed the Legislature unanimously in March 2015. With the launch of the system, the Secretary of State is a full year ahead of the required deadline for online registration. “I’m very proud of the hard work demonstrated by our staff,” Secretary Winter said. “We want New Mexicans to know that this office is working tirelessly to make elections more accessible, accurate and accountable.” Secretary of State employees worked closely with New Mexico’s 33 county clerks, the state’s Motor Vehicle Division and even other states to ensure a complete, easy-to-use system.
create more accurate voter rolls, reduce the potential for voter fraud and promote electoral participation by all eligible New Mexicans.
More information, as well as the online registration system, can be found at www.sos.state.nm.us.