The Secretary of State is pleased to release the 2016 Primary Election Candidate Guide. The Guide will provide a basic understanding of qualifying and filing for candidacy for offices that will appear on the 2016 primary election ballot. The Guide also provides a brief description of the campaign finance law that all candidates must adhere to whether or not they raise or spend money during their campaign for candidacy.
Please view our 2016 Candidate Information page for more details and to download the 2016 Primary Election Candidate Guide.
Please visit the 2016 Minor Party Qualification Information page to find out details on how a new minor party can be qualified in New Mexico.
The NM Secretary of State’s Office hereby gives notice that the Office will conduct public hearings on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 from 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM at the State Capitol Room 311, 491 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe, New Mexico 87501, to accept comments on the following rules:
Interested individuals may provide comments at the public hearing and/or submit written comments to Kari Fresquez, Interim Election Director via email to SOS Rules (firstname.lastname@example.org), fax (505)827-8081, or mail at Attn: Kari Fresquez – proposed rule, Secretary of State, 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300, Santa Fe, NM 87501.
Written comments must be received no later than 5:00 PM on the date prior to the hearing. However, the submission of written comments as soon as possible is encouraged. Copies of the proposed rules may be accessed on the Office’s website (links provided above) or obtained by calling (505) 827-3600.
Individuals with disabilities who require this information in an alternative format or need any form of auxiliary aid to attend or participate in the public hearing are asked to contact Ms. Fresquez as soon as possible to provide requested special accommodations.
You may access all 2016 public financing information at the following link: http://www.sos.state.nm.us/Candidate_And_Pac_Information/Voter_Action_Act.aspx
Major party applicant candidates may begin collecting seed money as of August 2, 2015 - March 15, 2016.
Minor and independent party applicant candidates may begin collecting seed money as of December 3, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
Please be aware of declaration of intent monetary threshold restrictions.
A candidate becomes ineligible for public financing once he or she has accepted contributions totaling five hundred dollars ($500) or more or made expenditures totaling five hundred dollars ($500) or more between the beginning of the qualifying period and filing a Declaration of Intent.
Major Parties – October 1, 2015 through March 15, 2016
Independent and Minor Parties – February 1, 2016 through June 30, 2016
First Biannual ReportReport due date: April 13, 2015Reporting period: October 7, 2014 – April 6, 2015Please note: If you filed a report on December 4, 2014 as a 2014 candidate or PAC your adjusted reporting period is: November 30, 2014 – April 6, 2015
Second Biannual ReportReport due date: October 13, 2015Reporting period: April 7, 2015 – October 5, 2015
Beginning April 1, 2015, the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office will start utilizing the Conversion of Checks to ACH banking services through Wells Fargo Fiscal Agent Banking Services. This service evaluates checks for conversion eligibility and then, if applicable, converts the checks to an ACH debit transaction. The ACH transaction is then charged to the consumer's bank account instead of the paper check. This is official 30 day notification to our customers, taxpayers, and other payees that your checks received for payment may be converted to an ACH debit transaction.
''When you provide a check as payment to the Secretary of State, you authorize the State of New Mexico to either use information from your check to make a one-time electronic fund transfer from your account or to process the payment as a check transaction.”
Effective July 1, 2013, the Corporations Bureau of the NM Public Regulation Commission was transferred to the Business Services Division of the Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State in Santa Fe, New Mexico. This move is a result of a Constitutional Amendment that was passed by the electorate in the November 2012 General Election and subsequent enabling legislation passed during the 2013 legislative session that now provides the Secretary of State (SOS) statutory authority to charter corporations.
Santa Fe: 505-827-4508
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