Election NewsThe Legislators passed and the Governor signed HB 98 the Local Election Act which became 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.
The Legislators also passed and the Governor signed HB 407 the Election Laws 50-year Tune-up on April 3, 2019. This bill provides substantive and pro forma changes to many sections of the Election code.
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
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.
Lincoln County consists of five municipalities, three of which have chosen to opt-in to the Local Election Act process.
Municipalities who have chosen to opt in to the Local Election Act include: Village of Corona; Town of Carrizozo; and Village of Capitan.
The Village of Ruidoso and City of Ruidoso Downs did not opt into the Local Election Act. The deadline for Municipalities to opt-in is June 30, 2019.
For more information concerning a municipal election, please contact the Clerk in that Municipality.
Absentee & Early Voting
Voters may cast an absentee ballot or vote in person at the County Clerk’s Office or an early voting location prior to Election Day.