Abortion initiative won’t make Oct. 8 ballot

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — City Clerk Amy Bailey is close to verifying that supporters of an abortion initiative have submitted enough signatures to trigger an election on the issue.

But it’ll be too late to make the Oct. 8 ballot, when voters will head to the polls to pick a mayor and six city councilors.

That’s because a key deadline to publish election notices passed on Monday, meaning it’s too late to add the abortion measure to the regular ballot, city officials said. State law requires an election resolution at least 50 days before an election, according to City Council staffers.

But the clerk’s office isn’t yet finished verifying whether supporters of the proposal submitted enough signatures to move the initiative forwarded.

Bailey said Monday that her staff has verified about 9,800 signatures so far as having come from valid city voters. To trigger an election, supporters need 12,091.

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