Bernalillo County – The 2019 Regular Local Election will take place on Nov. 5, 2019 in Bernalillo County, which includes candidates or ballot questions for the City of Albuquerque, Village of Los Ranchos de Albuquerque, Village of Tijeras, Albuquerque Public Schools (APS), Albuquerque Metropolitan Arroyo Flood Control Authority (AMAFCA), Paradise Hills Special Zoning District, Ciudad, Edgewood and Valencia Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Central New Mexico Community College (CNM) and Ventana West Public Improvement District.
The election is the result of the Local Election Act which went into effect in 2018. Prior to that, local governments could conduct multiple elections throughout the year. The Local Election Act aims to improve efficiency and reduce the costs associated with administering multiple elections. It also aims to provide a more consistent experience for voters and increase voter turnout by eliminating the confusion surrounding when an election takes place and where people can vote.
“This election is bigger than you think and deadlines and voting opportunities are drawing near!” says Bernalillo County Clerk Linda Stover. “If you haven’t done it yet, now is the time to register to vote or update your registration. The fastest way is to do it online atNMVote.org.”
You may register to vote if you are: a resident of New Mexico; a citizen of the United States, 18 years old or older at the time of the next election; not legally declared mentally incapacitated; a convicted felon who has satisfied all the terms and conditions of sentencing (a certificate of completion must be provided).
Through Oct.8, eligible residents can register to vote at the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office in downtown Albuquerque, One Civic Plaza NW, 6th floor, Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; at the Secretary of State’s Office; at any county clerk’s office in New Mexico; through a third party registrant agent; Motor Vehicle Department, Human Services Department, public libraries, colleges, universities, at organized voter registration drives; or online on the Secretary of State’s website.
“Requests for absentee ballots are being accepted through Oct. 31 and for those who have already requested them, the first mailing goes out Oct. 8,” continues Clerk Stover. “Oct. 8 is also the first day of in-person absentee voting and would have been the last day to register. Fortunately, same day voter registration will be possible this year during early voting which begins Oct.18 at early voting locations throughout the county.”