Runoff election set for next month

Posted at: 10/09/2013 6:35 PM | Updated at: 10/09/2013 6:54 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

We just finished one election in the city of Albuquerque, but brace yourself – now it’s time for another one.

It’s sort of a two-way dual purpose citywide vote-in-person election on whether or not to ban late term abortions, combined with a runoff election in one Northeast Heights City Council District.

It’s set for Tuesday, Nov. 19, so mark your calendars – even if you’re one of the 273,000 or so eligible voters who didn’t bother to vote in the election we just had. You are still welcome to vote in the special one on abortion, and yes – it’s going to cost the taxpayers.

“Having a citywide election versus a district election is a significant cost difference,” said City Clerk Amy Bailey. “We have to have many more polling places. We’ll have 50 open throughout the city.”

Price tag on this thing? About $1,500,000.

“It’s more machines,” Bailey said. “It’s more precinct boards. It’s more work for our office, but that is what has been called for and that’s the work that we’re doing right now.”

Voters in City Council District 7 will get a second item to vote on. Janice Arnold-Jones didn’t quite get 50 percent of the vote in that Council race, so it looks like there will be a runoff against second-place finisher Diane Gibson. It’s all happening on Nov. 19.

Will voter burnout affect voter turnout? We’ll see. In the just-completed election the turnout was only about 20 percent. Some will call that dismal.

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