Beginning in 2012 Lincoln County changed from precinct based voting on Election Day to Vote Center voting. As a registered voter in Lincoln County you are able to cast your ballot on Election Day at any one of the six Vote Centers during the Primary and/or General which are located at:
Capitan High School, 150 Forest Street, Capitan NM
Corona Village Hall, 461 Main St., Corona, NM
Hondo High School, 111 Don Pablo Lane, Hondo NM
Lincoln County Courthouse, 300 Central Avenue, Carrizozo NM
Ruidoso Convention Center, 111 Sierra Blanca, Ruidoso NM
Ruidoso Downs Senior Center, 26337 US HWY 70, Ruidoso Downs NM
Primary Elections are held the first (1st) Tuesday, after the first (1st) Monday, in June, every even numbered year. General Elections are held the first (1st) Tuesday after the first (1st) Monday in November, every even numbered year.
In Primary Elections, you must be affiliated with one of the major political parties to be eligible to vote. If you are affiliated with a Minor Party or Declined to State, you are not eligible to vote in the Primary Election. Everyone who is registered to vote is eligible to vote in the General Election and can vote for anyone of their choosing, within their districts. In other elections, those being schools, city, etc., you may or may not be able to vote for any candidate depending on the district in which you live and are registered to vote. You should always contact the County Clerk’s Office if you have any questions regarding eligibility.
For Primary and General Elections, you may begin viewing the unofficial election returns on election day after 7:00 PM by going to to the Secretary of State’s web site and following the instructions to access the election results for Lincoln County at: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Elections_Data/
School District Elections
The Legislators passed and the Governor signed HB 98 the Local Election Act which becomes effective July 1, 2018. The intent of this legislation is to consolidate all non-partisan elections held within a county to one election day in November of the odd numbered years and to provide a uniform process for the conduct of the election.
The legislation encompasses school districts, special hospital districts, arroyo flood control districts, special zoning districts, soil and water conservation districts, water and sanitation districts as well as municipalities who chose to opt into the process. y
Lincoln County Consists of five school districts and one Community College District: Capitan Municipal School District; Carrizozo Municipal School District; Corona Municipal School District; Hondo Valley Public School District; Ruidoso Municipal School District; and Eastern New Mexico University-Ruidoso Branch Community College.
ABSENTEE by mail voting begins 25 days before Election Day. (Please see proclamation for relevant dates.) Call the County Clerk’s Office to request an application or Completed applications need to be mailed or delivered to the County Clerk’s Office.
For information concerning a municipal election, please contact the Clerk in that Municipality.
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