Voter registration for elections set to close

Joshua Kellogg

FARMINGTON — The last day to register to vote in the November elections is fast approaching.

Larry Groen, right, of Bloomfield, registers as a third-party registrar -- someone who can register others to vote -- on Wednesday at the County Administration Building in Aztec. Helping Groen are Election Clerk Janet Beasley, left, and Recording Clerk Morghan Miles.

Tuesday is the last day to register at the San Juan County Clerk’s office for the federal, state and county elections.

Sunday is the last day people can register for the Navajo Nation chapter election. Both elections are scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8.

San Juan County residents have until 5 p.m. Tuesday to register at the county clerk’s office at 100 S. Oliver Drive in Aztec.

Tonya Shelby, the San Juan County chief deputy clerk, said New Mexico residents can also register to vote online on the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office website at She added that voter registration applications mailed to the office need to be postmarked by Tuesday.

Early in-person and absentee voting will also start on Tuesday for the federal, state and county general election.

The county clerk’s office will offer in-person voting starting on Tuesday and running through Nov. 5. The polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 5:30 pm. Monday through Friday starting on Tuesday to Oct. 21.

Starting on Oct. 22 and continuing through Nov. 5, the hours will be extended from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Election Clerk Janet Beasley, right, helps Larry Groen, of Bloomfield, register as a third-party registrar on Wednesday at the County Administration Building in Aztec.

Four early-voting locations across San Juan County will open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturdays starting on Oct. 22 and continuing through Nov. 5.

The locations are the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park at 3041 E. Main St., the Bloomfield Cultural Center at 333 S. First St., the Shiprock Fire Station behind the Wells Fargo Bank on U.S. Highway 491 and the Newcomb Fire Station alongside U.S. Highway 491.

Shelby said the clerk's office is issuing absentee ballots, and they will be accepted by the office starting Tuesday. Voters can request an absentee ballot application by calling the clerk's office or filling out a form on the clerk's office website and mailing it in. The office will then send out an absentee ballot.

The last day absentee ballots can be mailed from the clerk's office is Nov. 4.

For more information, contact the County Clerk’s Office at 505-334-9471 or visit the office’s website at

For the Navajo Nation chapter election, voter registration ends at 5 p.m. Monday. A number of seats for chapter governments and other offices are being contested.

Voter registration can be completed at any of the Navajo Election Administration's five agency offices and at chapter houses if a registrar is available, according to the election administration.

A sign lets visitors know where to register to vote on Wednesday at the County Administration Building.

The New Mexico offices are located in Crownpoint and Shiprock. The Arizona offices are in Window Rock, Tuba City and Chinle.

Those registering to vote should be 18 years old or older and have a Navajo census number issued by the Navajo Office of Vital Records.

In Farmington, registration for the Navajo Nation election is also taking place at the National Indian Youth Council office at 653 W. Broadway Ave. The council's operating hours are from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. weekdays, according to field office manager Angelita Joe. The office will be closed from noon to 1 p.m. for lunch.

Joe said people need to provide their Social Security number, Certificate of Indian Blood and a valid driver's license or identification card.

Other locations in Farmington where people can register for the tribal election are the Farmington Indian Center at 100 W. Elm St., the Sycamore Park Community Center at 1051 Sycamore St., and the Bonnie Dallas Senior Center at 109 E. La Plata St.

Virginia Nelson, a voter registration specialist for the Navajo Election Administration, said absentee voting will start Monday.

People can download a copy of the absentee ballot from the election office’s website at

All mailed absentee ballots must be received by the election office by Oct. 24. The last day to request an absentee ballot in person is Nov. 4.

For more information, contact one of the five Navajo Election Administration offices or visit the election office website.

Joshua Kellogg covers education for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627.