New Mexico District 56

Harlan Vincent is proud to represent District 56. It is a large district covering Lincoln county and parts of Otero county. It is home to the Ruidoso Downs Race Track and Casino, two ski resorts, Ski Apache and Ski Cloudcroft, the Inn of the Mountain Gods, the Mescalero Apache Reservation, Lincoln National Forest, and of course, Smokey Bear!

With a thriving tourist economy, ranching, and wonderful hunting and fishing, Harlan is glad to call District 56 home and help work to ensure that the diverse needs of this District are represented and protected in New Mexico.

Counties in the District:

  • Lincoln County
  • Otero County

Cities in the District:

  • Alto
  • Bent
  • Capitan
  • Carrizozo
  • Cloudcroft
  • Corona
  • Glencoe
  • High Rolls
  • Hondo
  • La Luz
  • Lincoln
  • Mayhill
  • Mescalero
  • Nogal
  • Ruidoso
  • Ruidoso Downs
  • Timberon
  • Tularosa
  • Weed

Voter Registration Information

Recent elections have been won by narrow margins, showing that every vote counts. Your vote could be a deciding factor in the upcoming elections. In order to cast your vote and have your voice heard, you need to be registered and know where to go to vote.

District 56

County Clerks

Lincoln County

Shannan Hemphill

300 Central Avenue

P.O. Box 338

Carrizozo, NM 88301

575-648-2394 ext. 6

Otero County

Robyn Holmes

1104 N White Sands Boulevard, Suite C

Alamogordo, NM 88310


Voting Information

In order to vote in the United States, you have to be registered. If you are unsure whether or not you are registered, you can find out here: New Mexico Secretary of State: Voter Services.

You can also contact your local county clerk.

Getting Registered

Before you begin, make sure you meet the eligibility requirements. Basically, you need to be a citizen of the United States, a resident of New Mexico, and 18 years of age or older at the time of the next election.

The easiest way to register is by completing a voter registration online. If you would rather not register online, you can download a National Voter Registration Form and Guide. Follow the instructions that correspond to New Mexico. When you have completed the form, mail it to the Bureau of Elections in New Mexico. The address is included in the guide.

You can also ask for a New Mexico Certificate of Registration form directly from your county clerk’s office. It can be requested in person, by mail, or by phone. This is an excellent option if you do not wish to use the internet. Your county clerk can assist you.

Same Day Voter Registration

New Mexicans who are eligible to vote can register to vote or update their voter registration immediately before voting in a statewide election during Early Voting and on Election Day. This is what’s known as “same day voter registration.”

SDR is available for eligible voters at their County Clerk’s office or at any polling location in their county on Election Day. Additional Early Voting locations may also provide SDR – it’s best to check with your local county clerk. Click here for further informaton on Same Day Registration.

Election Day

Upcoming 2024 elections are as follows:

Primary - June 4, 2024

General - November 5, 2024

Election Day voting locations are open 7 AM – 7 PM

You can look up your voting location by visiting this NM Voter Services Page.

Early Voting

It is possible to vote before the actual election date. You can do this by visiting an early voting location. These can also be found on the NM Voter Services Page..

Absentee Voting

If you will be unable to vote during the election, your voice can still be heard. Starting 28 days before Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot. You are also permitted to vote in person in the county clerk’s office during business hours.

If you choose not to vote in person at the county clerk’s office, you will have to fill out an absentee ballot application. This is requested from your county clerk’s office by mail, telephone, or in person. You can also download the Absentee Ballot Application here.

Your application must be received by the county clerk no later than 5:00 PM on the Friday prior to the election date. You must use the ballot that you receive because lost or damaged ballots cannot be replaced. If you do not receive your ballot, you have until the Monday before the election to visit the county clerk’s office to request a replacement.

Your local county clerk’s office is ready to help if you have questions about registration, absentee information, and voting. Every vote makes a difference, including yours. Let your voice be heard by being informed, registered, and ready to vote.