The Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office has copies of the state’s 2016 Primary Candidate Guide on hand for pickup, or it can be accessed from the Clerk’s page on the Doña Ana County website.
Some highlights of the guide include filing stipulations, petition requirements, filing fees and filing deadlines for candidates in federal, state and county elections.
There also is information about how candidates without the means to pay a filing fee can apply for a waiver from the state.
Depending on the office sought and whether it encompasses one or multiple counties, filing requirements will either be through the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office or the appropriate County Clerk’s Office.
Anyone thinking about running for office in New Mexico in 2016 should take advantage of the wealth of information available in this guide.
Without it, candidates may miss critical deadlines or requirements that would derail a candidacy before it can even get started.
For instance, most candidates don’t know that they must be registered to vote in the district they seek to represent no later than Jan. 25.