Registration deadline is Oct. 9 for November election

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FARMINGTON — Early voting for the November general election will begin Oct. 9 throughout New Mexico.

Residents wishing to vote in the November election must also register to vote by Oct. 9, and absentee ballots will be mailed to voters on Oct. 9.

There are five early voting locations in San Juan County:

  • The Bloomfield Cultural Center
  • The Farmington Museum at Gateway Park
  • The Newcomb Fire Station
  • The San Juan County clerk’s office in Aztec
  • The Shiprock Fire Station

People can vote at the San Juan County Clerk's Office in Aztec between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays through Oct. 19.

Alternative early voting hours begin Oct. 20. That means people can vote between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays at the clerk's office and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. at alternative locatons until Nov. 3 and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays.

For more information about voting early in San Juan County, contact the San Juan County Clerk’s Office at 505-334-9471 or 1-800-956-0900 or online at sjcclerk.net.

The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office has produced a digital toolkit to provide voters with information about the election. This toolkit allows voters to check their registration status, view a sample ballot and find voting convenience centers where they can cast their ballots. The toolkit is available at NMVote.org. People who need to update their voter registration can do so at NMVote.org.

The general election is Nov. 6. Positions up for election include governor, U.S. senator, U.S. representatives and state lawmakers.

A full list of candidates is available at NMVote.org.

Navajo Nation election offices will start early voting

The process for early in-person and absentee voting will start Oct. 8 for the Navajo Nation general election, which will determine the presidency, tribal council and various offices.

Early in-person voting will take place until Nov. 2 at any of the agency offices for the Navajo Election Administration in Shiprock and Crownpoint, and in Chinle, Tuba City and Window Rock in Arizona.

The application to receive an absentee ballot by mail is available under the "forms" tab at the Navajo Election Administration website, navajoelections.navajo-nsn.gov.

The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is Oct. 22, and ballots must be submitted to any agency election office by 7 p.m. on Nov. 6.

Virginia Nelson, a voter registration specialist at the election administration office in Shiprock, said the office was receiving calls this week about when early voting starts.

Murray Lee, department manager for the election administration, said the election is proceeding as scheduled despite legal challenges filed against Navajo Nation presidential candidates Jonathan Nez and Joe Shirley Jr.

The qualifications for both candidates were called into question in grievances filed in the tribe's Office of Hearings and Appeals by former presidential candidate Vincent H. Yazzie.

Richie Nez, chief hearing officer for the OHA, ruled Nez was eligible to run for office on Wednesday.

Joe Aguirre, a hearing officer for the agency, dismissed Yazzie's claim against Shirley on Sept. 12.

Yazzie has appealed the ruling to the Navajo Nation Supreme Court, and a hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the high court's hearing room in Window Rock, Arizona.

Note: An early version of this story incorrectly stated that people can vote at all five early voting locations starting Oct. 9. Voters can vote at the county clerk's office through Oct. 19 and the other locations will open on Oct. 20.

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