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Albuquerque Municipal Election
Tuesday October 6, 2015

The League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico is a non-partisan organization that provides information about political issues and candidates for public office in order to promote greater citizen responsibility and participation in government. Because the League is non-partisan, it DOES NOT support or oppose any political party or candidate. It does publish and distribute factual information for citizens to use when prepar-ing to vote.

The information in this Voters’ Guide was obtained by means of questionnaires sent to the candidates who have opposition. Their answers are printed exactly as received by the League. Because of space restrictions, candidates are limited to a specific number of words. Also, lists are converted to paragraphs and responses are con-verted to normal text. Certified write-in candidates will have only their names listed. All candidates are listed in the order they will appear on the October 6, 2015 ballot..

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A Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. This Municipal Election will elect the City Council positions from the following districts- 2, 4, 6, and 8. Voters will also be voting on eleven general obligation bonds, three amendments to the City Charter and a 1/8th percent gross receipt tax increase.

Qualified registered voters within the City limits are eligible to vote in this election. All eligible voters can vote on municipal bonds, the City Charter amendments and the proposed gross receipt tax increase. If you live in a district with a City Council election, you will also be eligible to vote for a City Council candidate from your district.

If you have a question concerning the election, please check

Remember, this election is being run by the Albuquerque City Clerk, not the Bernalillo County Clerk! There are several differences to keep in mind, including a requirement for a photo ID in order to vote, more limited hours for early voting, and possibly different voting locations than in the 2014 General Election.

Key Dates

Sep 8, Tues Last day to register to vote
Sep 16, Wed Early voting starts
Oct 2, FriLast day absentee ballots will be mailed out
Last day for early voting
Oct 6, TuesElection Day: 7am to 7pm
Deadline for absentee ballots to be hand-carried to City Clerk's office is 7pm
RUN-OFF ELECTION
If no candidate for City Council receives 50 percent of the vote cast in the October 6 election, the two candidates who received the highest number of votes will be on the ballot for the run-off election.


Voting Information

REGISTERING TO VOTE

Anyone who wants to vote in this election must be registered to vote in the City of Albu-querque. You must be registered to vote with the County Clerk by Tuesday, Sep-tember 8 to vote in the October 6 Municipal Election. For questions about voter registration call the County Clerk's office at 243-VOTE (8683)..

OPEN AND ETHICAL ELECTIONS CODE and PUBLICLY FINANCED CANDIDATES

The Open and Ethical Elections Code establishes voluntary limits on campaign spend-ing and equal public financing of campaigns for mayoral and city council elections. Par-ticipation from the candidates is voluntary. To qualify to receive funding from the public financing fund, candidates have to gather $5.00 donations from 1% of the registered voters in their district. In general, candidates who elect to participate in public financing receive from the fund $1.00 for every registered voter in their district to fund their cam-paign for public office. In exchange for getting disbursements from the fund, candidates are not allowed to accept or spend private campaign contributions.

The following have qualified as participating candidates and have agreed to the terms and conditions of the Open and Ethical Elections Code: Council Candidates: District 2, Isaac Benton; District 4, Israel Chavez; District 6, Patrick Davis.

VOTER IDENTIFICATION

Is identification required when I register?

You need to present identification when you register to vote only if you are registering for the first time in your county and you register by mail. If you do not submit the proper identification, you will be asked to provide it before you vote in your first election. Accepted identification if you are registering for the first time by mail includes a copy of any current and valid photo ID, a utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck or any other government document that shows your current and valid name and address.

What identification is required when I vote?

The voters of Albuquerque passed an amendment to the Election Code of the Albu-querque City Charter on October 4, 2005, that requires voters in a city election to pro-vide a photo identification card prior to voting.

The identification requirements are as follows:

  1. When a voter approaches the Election Clerks at the polling place, the voter must identify himself or herself by stating his/her name.
  2. The Election Clerks will locate the voter's name in the election rolls, and ask the voter for one identification card containing the voter's name and photograph.
  3. The photo identification may include, but is not limited to, any of the following types of cards:
    • issued by a government agency (e.g., passport, city/county/state/federal ID badge, state identification card)
    • driver's license
    • student identification card
    • commercial transaction card such as a credit or debit card
    • insurance card
    • union card
    • professional association card
    • photo identification card issued by the City Clerk (only issued when other photo ID is unavailable).

This list is not exclusive. If the voter is able to present an identification card that contains the voter's picture and name he/she should be issued a regular ballot.

What if I do not have Photo Identification?

If the voter is unable to provide a photo identification card, he or she is still allowed to vote on a provisional ballot. The voter will be given a provisional ballot to complete, and it will be placed in an envelope and returned to the City Clerk's office. The voter then must come in person to the Clerk's office within 10 days with photo identification that will allow the Clerk to determine if he/she is the actual voter.

VOTING BEFORE ELECTION DAY

You can avoid the rush and vote before Election Day by mailing in an absentee ballot, voting early in person in the City Clerk's office, or by voting at any of the Early Voting sites.

ABSENTEE VOTING BY MAIL

Any person qualified to vote may vote by absentee ballot. Absentee voting does not re-quire photo ID. Apply for an Absentee Ballot Application by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 924-3650 or go online to www.cabq.gov/voting-elections/election-information/absentee-voting/ and print an Absentee Application. Please remember to sign your application form before mailing it back to the Albuquerque City Clerk’s office, 600 2nd Street NW Suite 720, Albuquerque, NM 87102. The City Clerk's office will verify the application information and mail your absentee ballot to you after Tuesday, September 1. Friday, October 2, is the last day the City Clerk's office will mail out absentee ballots. The ballot contains instructions for completion and return.

Your completed ballot must be received in the City Clerk's office no later than 7:00 p.m., on Election Day, Tuesday, October 6. Absentee ballot packets delivered in person to the City Clerk's office must be delivered by the voter or by members of the voter’s immediate family. Immediate family means spouse, children, parents, brothers and sisters.

Be sure to read and follow the instructions on your absentee ballot! In a recent Albuquerque election, ballots were rejected (not counted) when voters failed to sign the inner envelope containing their ballots. Information on the inner envelope is not visible when the ballot is mailed. It is only seen by the City Clerk's staff, who use this information to verify that the ballot was sent in by a registered voter, and to check the voter's name off as having voted. The inner envelope is then separated from the ballot, so that no record will be kept of how you voted.

Any person qualified to vote may vote early, in person on a paper ballot. Bear in mind, there is no weekend voting.

You can see a map of the early voting vote centers at www.cabq.gov/voting-elections/election-information/voting-locations

Beginning Tuesday Sep 1, vote Mon-Fri 8am - 5pm
City of Albuquerque Records Center604 Menaul Blvd NW 87107
Office of the City Clerk600 2nd St NW 7th Floor 87102
Beginning Wednesday Sep 16 through Friday Oct 2, vote Mon-Fri 9am -6pm
Shops @ 98th and Central120 98th St. NW Suite A5 87121
West Mesa Community Center5500 Glenrio Rd NW 87105
Alamosa Community Center6900 Gonzales Rd. SW, 87121
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center7521 Carmel Ave NE 87113
Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Comm. Center4900 Kachina St NW 87120
Veterans Memorial1100 Louisiana Blvd. SE, 87108
Daskalos Plaza5339 Menaul Blvd NE 87110
Montgomery Crossing Shopping Center8510 Montgomery Blvd NE 87111
Caracol Plaza12500 Montgomery Blvd. NE, 87111
Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center501 Elizabeth St SE 87123

WRITE-IN VOTING

Write-in voting is permitted as long as the Office of the City Clerk has certified the person you are voting for as a write-in candidate.

SAMPLE BALLOT

A sample ballot is available on the City Clerk’s Election website. www.cabq.gov/voting-elections/election-information/



ELECTION DAY

On October 6, the polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Vote Centers

In 2011 the New Mexico Legislature passed a bill allowing county commissioners and other governing bodies, like our City Council, to consolidate up to 10 precincts into a "consolidated precinct" for general, primary, municipal and school elections. What this means for the City of Albuquerque election is that on Election Day any voter will be allowed to vote at any Consolidated Voting Center in the city much like they already do at Early Voting sites. There will no longer be voting at the precinct level on Election Day. The Early Voting locations and Consolidated Voting Centers are in addition to the voter's option to vote by Absentee Ballot.

Translations

Translations will be available by telephone. If you would like assistance at the polls in the form of an interpreter for Keres, Navajo, Tiwa or Spanish, please call the City Clerk’s office, 924-3650, on Monday, October 5 or on Election Day, Tuesday October 6.

Consolidated Voting Centers

On Election Day October 6 (Tuesday) voters can vote at ANY of the following Consolidated Voting Centers, from 7am to 7pm:

To locate a Vote Center near to you, go to www.cabq.gov/voting-elections/election-information/voting-locations/

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Election Day Voting Locations, Tues Oct 6 from 7am to 7pm
The Shops @ 98th & Central120 98th St. NW Ste. A5 87121
West Mesa Community Center5500 Glenrio Rd NW 87105
Chaparral Elementary School6325 Milne Rd NW 87120
Ladera Golf Course3401 Ladera Dr. NW 87120
Painted Sky Elementary School8101 Gavin Dr NW 87120
Jefferson Middle School712 Girard Blvd NE 87106
Albuquerque Museum of Art2000 Mountain Rd NW 87104
Los Griegos Multiservice Center1231 Candelaria Rd NW 87107
Barelas Senior Center714 7th St. SW 87102
City of Albuquerque Records Center604 Menaul Blvd NW 87107
Herman Sanchez Community Ctr.1830 William St. SE 87102
Los Duranes Community Center2920 Leopoldo Road NW 87104
Montezuma Elementary School3100 Indian School Rd NE 87106
North Valley Senior Center3825 4th St. NW 87107
Alamosa Community Center6900 Gonzales Rd SW 87121
Edward Gonzales Elementary School554 90th St SW 87121
Westgate Community Center1400 Snow Vista Blvd SW 87121
Pajarito Elementary School2701 Don Felipe Rd SW 87105
Valle Vista Elementary School1700 Mae Avenue NW 87105
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center7521 Carmel Ave NE 87113
Arroyo del Oso Elementary School6504 Harper NE 87109
Desert Springs Church705 Osuna Rd. NE 87113
Cherry Hills Library6901 Barstow NE 87111
Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center4900 Kachina St NW 87120
Cibola High School1510 Ellison Dr NW 87114
Ventana Ranch Elementary School6801 Ventana Village Rd NW 87114
Paradise Hills United Methodist Church4700 Paradise Hills Blvd NW 87114
Volcano Vista High School8100 Rainbow Rd NW 87114
Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School6811 Taylor Ranch Rd NW 87120
Bandelier Elementary School3309 Pershing Ave SE 87106
Highland Senior Center131 Monroe St. NE 87108
Loma Linda Community Center1700 Yale Blvd SE 87106
Mesa Verde Community Center7900 Marquette Ave. NE 87108
Veterans Memorial1100 Louisiana SE 87108
Whittier Elementary School1100 Quincy SE 87108
University of New MexicoTBD
Daskalos Plaza5339 Menaul Blvd NE 87110
Montgomery Crossing Shopping Ctr8510 Montgomery Blvd NE 87111
Sandia High School7801 Candelaria Rd NE 87110
Palo Duro Senior Center5221 Palo Duro Ave NE 87110
Grant Middle School1111 Easterday NE 87112
Inez Elementary School1700 Pennsylvania NE 87110
Eisenhower Middle School11001 Camero Rd NE 87111
Holiday Park Community Center11710 Comanche Rd NE 87111
Bear Canyon Senior Center4645 Pitt NE 87111
Caracol Plaza12500 Montgomery NE 87111
Mitchell Elementary School10121 Comanche NE 87111
Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center501 Elizabeth St SE 87123
Lomas Tramway Library908 Eastridge Dr NE 87123
Onate Elementary School12415 Brentwood Hills Blvd NE 87112
Four Hills Country Club911 Four Hills Rd SE 87123
Jeanne Bellamah Community Center11516 Summer Ave. NE 87112
Manzano High School12200 Lomas NE 87112

VOTING OFFENSES

Voters are obligated to report voting offenses to the City Clerk or the District Attorney. Voting offenses are:


RUN-OFF ELECTION

If no candidate for City Council receives 50 percent of the vote cast in the October 6 election, the two candidates who received the highest number of votes will be on the ballot for the run-off election. If needed, a run-off election will be held on November 17. Voter registration for the run-off election will close October 20. On October 30 early vot-ing begins at locations city wide if the runoff includes the mayoral race, or in individual city council districts if there isW not a mavyoral runoff.