23 April 2024

Alex Curtas, Director of Communications
New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office

Military and Overseas Voters Begin Receiving Ballots for the 2024 Primary Election

SANTA FE – Qualified New Mexico voters who are members of the military or are living overseas began receiving their ballots for the 2024 Primary Election last weekend. This is the first transmission of ballots to New Mexico voters for the 2024 election season.

This year, the Secretary of State’s Office implemented a new system for military and overseas voters to receive and return their ballots more securely, ultimately enhancing the entire voting process for these voters.

“Sending ballots to our military and overseas voters marks a critical step in the election process to ensure all qualified New Mexicans can make their voices heard, no matter where they are currently residing in the world,” said Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver. 

Qualified New Mexico voters covered under New Mexico’s Uniform Military and Overseas Voter Act (which mirrors the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act or UOCAVA) may choose to have their ballot sent to them via mail, email, secure web portal or fax. Voters are then able to return their ballot to the county in which they are registered to vote via mail, secure web portal, email or fax.

Following the deadline to transmit ballots to military and overseas voters (which was April 20, 2024), the Secretary of State is required to submit a report to the Department of Justice outlining how many requests were received and ballots sent. Most New Mexico counties have qualified military or overseas voters who have requested a ballot for the 2024 Primary Election. The five counties with the greatest number of ballot requests in 2024 are Bernalillo (335), Santa Fe (194), Dona Ana (51), Sandoval (29) and Los Alamos (26).

More information about military and overseas voting in New Mexico can be found on the Secretary of State’s website here: