Otero County will have mail ballot drop boxes located throughout Otero County during early voting and election day.

The main drop box will be located at the Otero County Clerk’s Office, 1104 N. White Sands Blvd. Suite C, beginning Tuesday, October 6th – election day, Tuesday, November 3rd.  

You may drop your mail ballot at any early voting location or on election day at a voting convenience center.  The locations and addresses are listed on our website or give the clerk’s office a call at 437-4942.

     November 3rd, 2020 General Election

The Otero County Clerk’s Office is gearing up and getting excited for the 2020 General Election. The following are some important dates to be aware of:

October 6th is the deadline to register to vote or update your current registration to vote in the November 3rd, 2020 Election. This is also the first day of Early Voting and the first day that we will mail out Absentee Ballots.

October 20th is the last day that we will accept applications and mail out Absentee Ballots. 

We will accept Absentee Ballots up until 7:00 pm on Election Day, November 3rd, in the County Clerk’s Office or you may return your voted ballot to any Voter Convenience Center on Election Day.

You may have received an application for an absentee ballot that you did not request. They were sent out by a special interest group. The Otero County Clerk’s Office has not and will not mail absentee applications out for the General Election unless you request one.

During the 54th Legislature, 1st Special Session, Senate Bill 4 was passed and modified our election process for the 2020 General Election.

Update of Voter Convenience Centers for Election Day

We have now made James Canyon, Mayhill, Weed, Pinon, Timberon and Boles Acres Voter Convenience Centers which will include all of the voters located in the mountain areas and they will no longer be considered a Mail Ballot Precinct. Therefore, if you wish to vote by mail, please contact our office to request an application. 

Otero County will now have 14 Voter Convenience Center’s open on Election Day and ALL registered voters are eligible to vote at any of the locations as well as vote early at one of our Early or Mobile voting locations.

All voters in Mail Ballot precincts 2 – Orogrande and 3 – Cienega in Otero County will be mailed a letter, no later than September 22nd notifying them that their normal voting location will not be open for Election Day.

You can now request your absentee ballot or view and print your sample ballot from the Secretary of State's website by clicking here.

Here are the dates, times and locations of the election worker trainings.

Here's our flyer with voting locations, dates and times.

Here is a list of the 2020 General districts and locations.

Here are the times, dates and locations of our early voting sites.

Here is the amended resolution designating the polling places.


2020 Primary Election

You can view the official results of the election here.



As of July 1. 2020, our fee for copying images on to thumb drives will increase to $0.04 per image. Please contact our office if you have any questions or comments.

Marriage license will be done by appointment only, no walk-ins, so please call our office for more information, 575-437-4942.

Here is the notice from the County Clerk regarding the creation of new precincts and the changing of existing precincts in Otero County.

As of July 1, 2019, the Clerk’s Office will no longer offer a $10 in-person filing fee. Please click here for more information.


Duties of the County Clerk

  • First, the County Clerk serves as the arm of the State with regard to the administration of the elections in the County.
  • Second, the County Clerk has significant recording, filing, and indexing duties as the repository for numerous documents.
  • Third, the County Clerk serves as the Ex-Officio Clerk for the Board of County Commissioners of their respective county.
  • Fourth, the County Clerk also serves as the Clerk of the Probate Court.
  • Fifth, the County Clerk is responsible for the issuance of marriage licenses.
  • Finally, the County Clerk has other varied statutory duties, including but not limited to those relating to the routine financial transactions of the County.