Bureau of Elections

Absentee Voting

Absentee voting (by mail) for all county and state elections may be done by requesting an Application for Absent Voter Ballot (PDF) from the Bureau of Elections. Complete and return the application to the Bureau of Elections and a ballot will be mailed. The time to apply for an absentee ballot varies from election to election, but it is generally 28 days prior to a Primary or General Election. Contact the Bureau of Elections for further details.  You may also fill out a request online at Online Absentee Request.

Rules for absentee voting for a municipal election vary from county and state elections. The Municipal Clerk will have information regarding municipal elections.

Absentee In-Person Voting

In-person voting is done at the Valencia County Courthouse Bureau of Elections. It begins 28 days prior to a Primary or General Election and ends the Saturday before the election.  It is held during regular business hours Monday through Friday.

Early Voting Sites

Early voting at an alternate voting site is available for Primary and General elections. The 3 alternate voting sites are:

  • Belen Community Center
    305 Eagle Lane
    Belen, NM 87002
  • Bosque Farms Public Library
    1455 W Bosque Loop
    Bosque Farms, NM 87068
  • Valencia County Courthouse
    444 Luna Avenue
    Los Lunas, NM 87031
All Early voting locations open on the 3rd Saturday preceding the election and are open Tuesday through Saturday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Special Assistance

In registering to vote or casting a vote in person, physically challenged individuals may be assisted by a person of their choice. In addition, starting in 2006, specially equipped voting devices will be available at all precincts for the visually impaired voter.


Voters physically challenged who may be unable to register or vote in person at authorized locations, members of the armed forces and their families stationed overseas, and individuals who suffer medical emergencies just prior to an election should contact the Bureau of Elections for information on special procedures.

Fixed Election Schedule

  • Primary Elections are held on the 1st Tuesday after the first Monday in June of each even-numbered year.
  • General Elections are held on the 1st Tuesday after the first Monday in November of each even-numbered year.
  • Municipal Elections are held on the 1st Tuesday in March of each even-numbered year.
  • School Board Elections are held on the 1st Tuesday in February of each odd-numbered year.