Thursday, August 31, 2017

Register To Vote - Go Vote October 3rd 2017

Albuquerque Mayoral Election 2017
With a government elected by its citizens and that effects every aspect of our lives from schools to health care to homeland security, voting is an important right in our society. By voting, you are making your voice heard and registering your opinion on how you think the government should operate.
Voting for the president is often the first thing that comes to mind when most of us think of taking political action. While it’s true that voting for the highest office is important, the changes that most affect our day-to-day lives are often closer to our backyards than to Washington. I’m talking about local elections.
Our local elected officials are the ones who dictate the local laws, policies and budgets that affect us the most, and these officials are being elected every year with little citizen involvement.
Our local public servants leverage our property tax dollars to make big budgetary decisions that influence our local communities, from education reforms to welfare and more. They’re heavily involved in helping voters pass bills that often take precedence over national law.

One of the most prominent, recent examples of states dissenting from national law occurred when voters in Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon, California and others made the use of cannabis legal, either medically and/or recreational and Hemp. This reform, decided by local voters, had enormous local impacts in each state that created long-lasting effects on their economies, legal systems and more. Voting for mayor is more important than voting for president...
The 2017 Albuquerque mayoral election is a nonpartisan election, to be held on October 3, 2017, to choose the next mayor of Albuquerque, New Mexico. Richard J. Berry, the incumbent mayor, will not seek reelection. This will be the first mayoral election in Albuquerque without an incumbent candidate in twenty years. All candidates run on the same ballot. If no candidate reaches 50% of the vote, a runoff election is held between the top two finishers.
The race is nonpartisan (i.e., party affiliations do not appear on the ballot). However, "although the election is nonpartisan, a candidate’s political affiliation obviously can play a role in the campaign” (ABQ Journal).  In order to appear on the ballot, a candidate must collect 3,000 signatures from Albuquerque registered voters and submit them to the city clerk's office (NM Political Report).
Qualified Candidates for ballot (in alphabetical order)

Ricardo Chaves, founder of Parking Company of America — Republican
Brian Colón, former chairman of the Democratic Party of New Mexico — Democrat
Michelle Garcia Holmes, former chief of staff for the Attorney General's Office, retired Albuquerque police detective — independent
Wayne Johnson, Bernalillo County Commissioner — Republican
Tim Keller, State Auditor — Democrat
Dan Lewis, City Councilor — Republican
Augustus "Gus" Pedrotty, University of New Mexico undergraduate student
Susan Wheeler-Deichsel, co-founder of Urban ABQ, a civic group — independent
KOAT Mayoral Candidate Q & A

Last Chance to Register to Vote, deadline is next week! - The deadline to be registered to vote is Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. - And voters must by state law be registered to vote at their current home address. U.S. Citizens who are NM residents with a state of NM Driver's License or state MVD issued Photo ID card can easily Register to Vote (and submit home address updates to list their current home address inside the City of Albuquerque) using our state government website.
Please see the office of New Mexico Secretary of State (SOS) website, to register to vote for free today:…/Web…/InstructionsStep1.aspx
Or you can go visit at NM Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) office or MVD express office to register to vote today, or visit the Bernalillo County Clerk's office downtown at 1 Civic Plaza NW, 6th floor, Albuquerque, NM.

The registration deadline is next week on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5 p.m. and only voters who are currently registered at a home address inside the city limits of the City of Albuquerque are allowed to vote on who is the next Mayor of the City of Albuquerque.