NEW MEXICO

How to vote from your hospital bed

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October 6, 2020

Before 5 PM on Tuesday October 27, 2020

Any registered voter in NM may vote by absentee ballot after filling out an application for one. The form can be printed out from here or you may request a ballot online through NM's Voter Information Portal.

After 5 PM on Tuesday October 27, 2020

After the close of the period for requesting absentee ballots by mail, any voter who is unable to go to the polls due to unforeseen illness or disability resulting in the voter's confinement in a hospital, sanatorium, nursing home or residence and who is unable to vote in person may request in writing that a provisional paper ballot be made available to the voter.

7 PM on Tuesday November 3, 2020 (Election Day)

Your ballot must be returned to the county clerk or voter’s precinct by 7:00 PM on Election Day to be counted. An immediate family member or your caregiver may also return your ballot.

 

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STEP-BY-STEP HOW TO VOTE

1.

Check Your Voter Registration

2.

Complete an Emergency Absentee Ballot Application

Any registered voter in NM may vote by absentee ballot after filling out an application for one. If you are hospitalized before the application deadline for regular absentee voting (5 PM October 27, 2020), the form can be printed out from here or you may request a ballot online through NM's Voter Information Portal. Following this, you must mail your application to your county clerk if you have printed out a form to fill out. Information on your county clerk can be found here.

However, according to NM law, you may still vote after this deadline if you are unable to physically go to a polling station due to being hospitalized by an unexpected illness using an alternative ballot. In order to apply for this, you must request in writing that a provisional paper ballot be made available to you, the voter. The written request shall be signed by the voter and a health care provider under penalty of perjury.

3.

Return Your Application

Following the completion of your written request for a provisional paper ballot, you may deliver your request using an authorized representative (ex. immediate family member) to the office of your county clerk. Information on your county clerk can be found here.

4.

Obtain Your Ballot

After your representative has delivered your written request to your county clerk, it will be processed. Before releasing the provisional paper ballot, the county clerk shall compare the signature on the written request with the signature on the voter's affidavit of registration. If the county clerk determines that the signature on the written request is not the signature of the voter, the county clerk shall reject the request for a provisional paper ballot. If your written request is accepted, a provisional paper ballot will be given to your representative, who will return it to you.

5.

Vote!

Fill out your ballot! 

6.

Return Your Completed Ballot

After filling out your provisional paper ballot, you must place it in an identification envelope, fill out and sign the envelope, and return the ballot to the office of the county clerk of your county. Your ballot must be returned to the county clerk or voter’s precinct by 7 PM on Election Day to be counted. An immediate family member or your caregiver is allowed to return your ballot in-person.

 

A provisional paper ballot issued pursuant to this section shall be qualified and tabulated once the county clerk determines that the person did not cast any other ballot and if no challenge is successfully interposed.

 

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STATE LAW

New Mexico

N.M. Stat. Ann. § 1-6-16.2

N.M. Stat. Ann. § 1-6B-9

If a voter contracts an unforeseen illness or disability resulting in confinement, then the voter can cast a provisional ballot via an authorized representative until the time the polls close on Election Day. Emergency response providers can use the same procedures as UOCAVA voters if called away for an emergency no later than 35 days before an election.

 

COVID-19 and Patient Voting

Here is how COVID-19 is affecting Patient Voting in this state:

New Mexico is a no-excuse absentee voting state so any registered voter may vote by an absentee ballot to cast a vote without being physically present at a polling location. More information on the application for an absentee ballot can be found here.

An announcement from the Secretary of State's office has clarified that for future elections, polling stations will remain open as required in the Election Code and certain social distancing restrictions will be imposed at polling stations. More information on this announcement and the most up-to-date news on how COVID-19 is affecting New Mexico's elections can be found here.

Contact patientvoting@gmail.com for more info

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