Sierra Club endorsed candidates Tammy Fiebelkorn and Rob Grilley advanced to runoff elections on December 7. There is a runoff, because there were multiple candidates in these races, and no candidate got more than 50% of the vote. Tammy and Rob are outstanding candidates, and you can read more about them in our original endorsement article.
If you live in District 7 or District 9, it’s urgent that you vote! This is a nonpartisan election, but both of the candidates endorsed by the Sierra Club are Democrats running against Republicans. In the last City runoff election, the Republican vote dropped off 18% from the general election vote, while the Democratic vote dropped off 32%. That’s the difference between winning and losing these races. So far, in Rob Grilley’s race, Republicans are outvoting Democrats. 46.7% of the votes have been cast by Republicans, while only 40% have been cast by Democrats.
Conservatives made gains in the November 2 vote. Progressive Councilor Lan Sena lost to a very conservative Democrat in District 1, and conservative Republican Dan Lewis beat Democratic incumbent Cynthia Borrego in District 5. It is critical that both Tammy and Rob win their runoff races on the east side if we are to have a chance of passing good legislation in City Council!
Please, please, please: If you live in District 7 or 9, vote in the December 7 runoff election, and vote for Rob Grilley in District 9 or Tammy Fiebelkorn in District 7!
Here is information on voting:
Election day is December 7. As in the regular election, you can vote by absentee ballot, you can vote early, or you can vote on Election Day.
Early voting began November 16 and continues through Saturday, December 4, except that voting locations will be closed on Nov. 25-27. You can vote Monday through Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm. Here is the list of locations where you can vote early.
On Election Day, Tuesday, December 7, you can vote from 7 am to 7 pm at these locations.
You can apply for an absentee ballot through December 2 here. If you return your ballot by mail, fill it out and get it in the return mail with plenty of time to ensure it is received by December 7. The recommendation is to have it in the mail no later than December 2 to be sure it arrives in time. You can also drop your absentee ballot off at any of the early voting locations, at Election Day voting locations, or at secure drop boxes at these locations:
Voting Machine warehouse, 2400 Broadway Blvd SE, Building H
Alvarado Square, 415 Silver SW
You can check the status of your voter registration here.
You can’t register to vote at this point at the County Clerk’s office or online, but same-day registration is available during early voting at the Early Voting sites. In order to take advantage of same-day registration, you will need to bring (1) a New Mexico driver’s license or New Mexico identification card issued through the Motor Vehicle Division; (2) any document that contains an address in the county together with a photo identification card; or (3) a current valid student photo identification card from a post-secondary educational institution in New Mexico accompanied by a current student fee statement that contains the student’s address in the county. There will not be same-day voter registration on Election Day.