As your District Attorney your health, safety and the preservation of Democracy are priorities for me, especially in this unprecedented time when we are all working together to meet the challenges of the coronavirus pandemic.


Right now county clerks will mail primary election absentee ballots starting May 5, and residents can request a ballot through May 28. Traditional early vote locations will open on Saturday, May 16 and polling locations will be open across the state on Election day, Tuesday, June 2.

However, county clerks and the state of New Mexico are looking at switching New Mexico’s primary election to an All Mail Ballot election.

On March 30th, twenty-seven New Mexico county clerks sent an emergency petition to the state Supreme Court, asking for an order to conduct the June primary election by mail to prevent further spread of the novel coronavirus.

The county clerks stated in their petition that it would be impossible to carry out a normal election during the pandemic and that to do so would “violate their oath of office in order to protect the health and safety of their community.”

This means you will not have to request a ballot and the county clerks will automatically send a ballot to every voter they have an address for.

The county clerks’ petition would halt in-person voting altogether, ballots will be returned by mail or dropped off at a county clerk’s office. They also can be dropped off at an alternative voting site or regular primary election day polling location until 7 p.m. June 2.

The Supreme Court will hear oral arguments on April 14 and hopefully will render a decision soon thereafter.

I want to hear from you, the voter, about your thoughts on All Mail Ballot elections in New Mexico. Please let your voice be heard and take the following survey: