The state of New Mexico does not hold Open Primary Elections. To be eligible to vote in the Primary Election, individuals must be registered as a Democrat, Libertarian, Republican or party that has been qualified by the Secretary of State’s Office as a Major Party. A registered voter who wishes to change party affiliation in time to vote in a primary election must do so 28 days before the election.
Currently (2019); Qualified Major Parties Include:
Democratic Party of New Mexico
Republican Party of New Mexico
Libertarian Party of New Mexico
Qualified Minor Parties Include:
New Mexico Working Families Party
Green Party of New Mexico
Each party has the option of holding a Presidential Caucus several months previous to the June Primary Election for the purpose of nominating a candidate for the Office of President. For more information concerning party activity, contact the party chairman listed below.
Should you choose not to select a party affiliation or choose Independent, your Voter Information Card will reflect a DTS status. DTS stands for Declined to Select. If you have any questions please call our office at 866-2080.
For more information regarding party affiliation, or information on the party qualification process, please visit the Secretary of State's website here.