Voters weigh in on ART advisory question on ballot

Voter filling out ballot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – After checking the box for president, comes a series of other races.

Then a question that stands out asking, “Are you in favor of giving voters residing in the City of Albuquerque municipal limits the chance to vote in support or opposition to the proposed Albuquerque Rapid Transit project?”

“I voted to have the right to say something about it, yeah,” said Tom Sinclair.

In August, the Bernalillo County Commission voted to put the question on the November ballot. Something the City of Albuquerque calls more of a poll question that’s confusing, especially since construction has already started across Central.

“We’re scratching our heads certainly about it, but what’s important is that we will and are moving forward with the project and trying to continue to involve as much public input and as much public discussion and awareness as we possibly can,” said Gilbert Montaño, Mayor Richard J. Berry’s Chief of Staff.

KRQE News 13 reached out to City Councilors Friday, asking if an overwhelming amount of people voted yes, would they consider putting it on the ballot in October 2017 and giving voters the final say on if ART should happen.

All five that got back to KRQE News 13 said they would not put it on the ballot, because the project would be pretty much completed by then.

“It seems kind of too late, but I would still vote to have a choice,” said Melanie Sinclair.

Another way to get ART on the ballot next October would be a petition by the people. It would need thousands of signatures in 60 days.

If that happens, the city said they would jump that hurdle when it comes.

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