Judge issues temporary restraining order against printing ballots

Kai Porter
September 09, 2016 06:34 PM

A judge granted a temporary restraining order Friday afternoon, banning the Bernalillo County Clerk from printing ballots for the upcoming November election which do not contain a summary of the Healthy Workforce Ordinance.


That ordinance would provide paid sick leave for all workers in Albuquerque.

The temporary restraining order is a big victory for Adriann Barboa and her colleagues at Healthy Workforce ABQ. It buys the group some more time as they're now suing the city and the country.

"Because they did not do their duty of getting the Healthy Workforce Ordinance that would put paid sick leave on the ballot to voters this November," said Barboa.

Organizers got more than 24,000 signatures to put the ordinance on the ballot.

The city council passed the push for paid sick leave for Albuquerque workers unanimously. But Thursday county commissioners voted against putting the issue to voters, saying the 7 page ordinance wouldn't fit on the ballot.

"We see this as a problem, a political punt,” said Barboa. “There's other things like public finance on the ballot that many of these elected officials alsoz don't want to see on there. Our voters and all the work of our communities is being sacrificed."

Barboa said a much smaller summary of the ordinance in 7-point font would fit on the ballot. Healthy Workforce ABQ is suing to try and make that happen.

"The summary option has been used before and it's been legally sound and so has the 7-point font,” said Barboa. “The two things the county commission was using as excuses for their reason of ditching out of this obligation to being this ordinance to the voters after we've done all this work."


Kai Porter

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