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New Mexico residents embrace online voter registration

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico’s online voter registration system has caught on quickly since its introduction a month ago, and especially with Democrats.

The New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office says 2,867 registrations were completed through the new web portal ( ) in January.

Of those voter applications, about 56 percent registered as Democrats and 29 percent signed up as Republicans. Thirteen declined to name a party, and a small remainder selected the state’s Independent, Libertarian, Green and Constitutional parties.

Statewide, Democrats account for 46 percent of registered voters, Republicans for 31 percent and nonaligned voters for 19 percent.

Online voter applications are checked by county clerks to confirm eligibility and ensure no duplication. Another 1,886 voters registered by mail in January.

At least 26 states offer online voter registration.