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Albuquerque Municipal Election
Tuesday October 6, 2015

      Key Dates       Candidates       Voter Registration       Where to Vote       Voter Photo ID       Absentee Voting
      Early Voting       Write-in Candidates       Voting Offenses      Election Day

A Municipal Election will be held in Albuquerque on Tuesday, October 6, 2015. This Municipal Election will elect City Council positions from the following districts - 2, 4, 6, and 8. Voters may also be voting on bond issues and other ballot questions - stay tuned for further details!

Qualified registered voters within the City limits are eligible to vote in this election. All eligible voters can vote for the ballot issues (if any). 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 2015 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.

Candidates

Map of Albuquerque City Council Districts

The Albuquerque Municipal Election is non-partisan. Candidates who have qualified are listed below, by district and in alphabetical order. For the latest information on candidates, including contact information, please see the City Clerk's Candidate page.


Voting Information

REGISTERING TO VOTE

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

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 Albuquerque City Charter on October 4, 2005, that requires voters in a city election to provide 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 require photo ID. Apply by phone by calling 311, or by mail for an absentee ballot to the Albuquerque City Clerk's office, 600 2nd Street NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102. The City Clerk's office will verify the application information and mail your absentee ballot to you. Friday, October 4, 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 8. 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.

EARLY VOTING

Any person qualified to vote may vote early, in person on a paper ballot. Early Voting is available at the locations listed below. Remember, there is no weekend voting.

Starting Sep 16

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.

VOTING OFFENSES

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

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 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 7 or on Election Day, Tuesday October 8.