Voters’ Guide

General Information

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General Voting Information

GENERAL ELECTION, Tuesday October 3, 2017

A Municipal Election will be held on Tuesday, October 3, 2017. This Municipal Election will elect the Mayor and City Councilors for Districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9. Voters will also be voting on eleven (11) general obligation bonds and one (1) City ordinance.

Qualified registered voters within the City limits are eligible to vote in the mayoral election, on the City Charter amendments and on the other ballot questions. Voters in districts with a City Councilor election are eligible to vote for a candidate from their district. All eligible voters, including non-resident municipal electors, can vote on the general obligation bond questions. See also the Nonresident Municipal Electors section.

Questions about the voter registration or acceptable forms of ID (for registration or voting) should be directed to

For questions about the election please visit

How To Vote on ELECTION DAY

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on October 3. You must be registered to vote by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 5, to vote on Election Day.

Since 2010 precinct voting has been consolidated into Vote Centers. Information on City of Albuquerque Vote Centers is available

Some of the Election Day Vote Centers are listed under Early Voting. You can vote at any of the Voting Centers.

Voter Identification

Reminder: this is an Albuquerque City Election, which has different rules for voter identification than the statewide (county-run) elections. Also, there will be fewer voting locations within the City than there are for state-wide elections, AND absentee ballots must be turned in the Friday before Election Day, September 29 5pm.

When you vote in person, you can choose to identify yourself by stating your name, year of birth, and registration address or by presenting a physical form of identifications such as

If you registered to vote by mail and did not provide a valid form of identification, then the first time you vote in New Mexico, either in person or absentee, you will need to show or submit one of the required forms of identification.

Voters may use any Vote Center to cast a ballot.

A sample ballot is available online at

Non-resident Municipal Electors

A non-resident municipal elector is any person who, on the date of election, is qualified and registered to vote in Bernalillo County but who resides in a portion of Bernalillo County outside of the Albuquerque city limits and who has paid a property tax on property located within the City of Albuquerque during the year preceding the election. To be a non-resident municipal elector you must have filed a certificate of eligibility that indicated your intent to vote in the general obligation bond election with the Albuquerque City Clerk.

Early Voting

Early voting begins at the City Clerk’s Office and 12 additional Vote Centers on Wednesday, September 13. Early voting ends Friday, September 29. All locations will be open for voting between 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., Monday through Friday:

ABSENTEE VOTING

Any person qualified to vote may vote by absentee ballot.

Request a Ballot – Complete an absentee ballot application by calling the City Clerk’s office at 505-924-3650 or visit cabq.gov/voting-elections/election-information/absentee-voting/. Complete and sign the application and return it in person or by mail to the City Clerk’s office at 600 2nd Street NW, Suite 720, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Absentee ballots will be mailed to successful applicants starting Tuesday, August 29 and will continue through Friday, September 29.

Cast your Ballot – You may cast your absentee ballot by mail or in person. Mail your absentee ballot to the City Clerk’s office at 600 2nd Street NW, Suite 720, Albuquerque, NM 87102. Absentee ballots may be cast in person at the City Clerk’s office from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Wednesday, August 29. Absentee ballots may also be cast at the City of Albuquerque Records Center, 604 Menaul Blvd. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107, from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning on Wednesday, September 13.

Absentee ballots must be received at the City Clerk’s office or at the Records Center by 6:00 p.m. Friday, September 29.

Absentee ballots may not be cast at Vote Centers.

Run-off Election

If no candidate for City Council receives 50 percent of the vote cast in the October 3 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 14. Voter registration for the run-off election will close October 17. On October 25 early voting begins at locations citywide.

WRITE-IN VOTING

Write-in voting is permitted on the paper ballot as long as the person you vote for is qualified as a write-in candidate. A write-in vote can only be counted if the name written in is the name of a declared write-in candidate and shows one of the following: two initials and last name; first name, middle initial or name and last name; first and last name; or full name.

Writing in a name in a race where no write-in candidates are eligible will result in a spoiled ballot, which will not be counted at all.

PROVISIONAL BALLOT

You will be issued a provisional ballot if your name does not appear on the roster when voting in person during Early Voting or on Election Day or if you are a first-time voter who registered by mail and you did not provide the required identification.

VOTING OFFENSES

Voters must to report voting offenses to the County Clerk, the District Attorney, or the Secretary of State. Voting offenses are

  • Any form of campaigning within 100 feet of a building containing a polling place on Election Day and within 100 feet of the door through which voters may enter to vote at any Early Voting site.
  • Using or possessing or carrying alcoholic beverages within 200 feet of a polling place.
  • False voting, including voting or offering to vote when not qualified, voting in another's name, voting more than once in a single election, or asking or helping another person to commit a voting offense.