Early voting begins for Albuquerque mayoral election

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Wednesday was the first day of early voting for the Albuquerque mayoral election.

Over the next two weeks, one dozen early voting locations will be up and running for residents to cast their ballot for the next mayor of Albuquerque, several GO bonds, city councilors — depending on where you live — and a controversial sick leave ordinance.

“As of [Wednesday] afternoon, we’ve had over 1,000 voters at all of our voting locations,” City Clerk Natalie Howard said.

There’s 12 early voting locations this year, which is the same as the last mayoral election in 2013. Some of the most visited locations Wednesday were the Multigenerational Center at North Domingo Baca Park and the Daskalos Plaza on Menual near San Mateo, each seeing more than 100 ballots cast.

The center on the seventh floor of the city’s Plaza del Sol building was relatively quiet, though.

Early voting is taking place at:

  • 98th and Central (Bernalillo County Rental) 120 98th NW Suite A5.
  • City of Albuquerque Records Center 604 Menaul NW 87107
  • Office of the City Clerk 600 2nd NW 87102
  • Alamosa Community Center 6900 Gonzales SW 87121
  • North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center 7521 Carmel NE 87113
  • Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center 4900 Kachina NW 87120
  • Petroglyph Plaza 8201 Golf Course NW Suite D1 87120
  • Cesar Chavez Community Center 7505 Kathryn SE 87108
  • Los Altos Plaza 4200 Wyoming NE 87111
  • Daskalos Plaza 5339 Menaul NE 87110
  • Caracol Plaza 12500 Montgomery NE 87111
  • Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center 501 Elizabeth SE 87123

On October 3 for Election Day, there will be 53 voting locations — which is one more than the 2013 election. The additional location is at the UNM Student Union Building.

The SUB location was utilized in the 2015 city election.

Howard says she hopes that with more young voters turning out, the SUB will be convenient for UNM students.

As for turnout, Howard says the 2009 election in which current Mayor Berry beat incumbent Marty Chavez saw a 26 percent turnout. The 2013 election saw a much smaller turnout at 19.7 percent.

While Howard couldn’t give us an exact projection for this year’s election, she said she’s optimistic there will be a bigger turnout than 2009 or 2013.

“This election has already taken on it’s own momentum, we’re expecting quite a few more voters. I would love to see 30 percent or more,” she said.

More than 3,000 absentee ballots have been cast already, Howard said.

Howard says should the election for mayor go to a run-off, a possible date for that is November 14.

A photo ID must presented in order to vote in Albuquerque municipal elections. The following types of identification are accepted at the polling places:

  • Government-issued card containing the voter’s name and photo
  • Driver’s license
  • Student identification card
  • Credit or debit card
  • Insurance card
  • Union membership card
  • Professional association card
  • City Clerk-issued identification
  • Other membership cards with the voter’s name and photo

 

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