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Early voting in city runoff begins today

We’ll have to wait until Nov. 14 to find out who Albuquerque’s next mayor will be, but registered voters who have already picked their candidate don’t have to wait any longer to cast their ballots.

Early voting for Albuquerque’s mayoral runoff and for the District 5 City Council runoff begins today at a dozen locations around Albuquerque. But if you plan to head to one of those early voting sites, be sure to take a photo ID.

Early voting will run through Nov. 10 and is available from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

The race for mayor has been narrowed to State Auditor Tim Keller, a Democrat, and City Councilor Dan Lewis, a Republican. Keller, who emerged with 39 percent of the vote on Oct. 3, and Lewis, who received nearly 23 percent of the vote, were the top two vote-getters. A runoff is required because no candidate walked away with 50 percent of the vote.

Lewis has gone on the offensive in recent weeks, launching television ads that attack Keller’s record on public safety issues and accusing Keller in news releases and debates of choosing to protect criminals over law-abiding citizens. Keller has fired back, accusing Lewis of distorting his record and noting that the Albuquerque Police Officers Association endorsed him and not Lewis.

Several mayoral debates have been scheduled, including three on TV.

⋄  KOAT 7 and the Journal are teaming up for a live debate at 6 p.m. on Sunday.

⋄  KOB 4 debate will be 6 p.m. Nov. 7

⋄  KRQE 13 debate will be 7 p.m. Nov. 11.

In the District 5 council race, attorney Robert Aragon, a Republican, is running against retired planner Cynthia Borrego, a Democrat. The District 5 seat, which covers far northwest Albuquerque, is currently held by Lewis.

Aragon received 39 percent of the vote on Oct. 3 while Borrego received 38 percent.

City races are nonpartisan, meaning that political affiliation doesn’t appear on the ballot. Election Day is Nov. 14.

The new mayor and city councilors take office on Dec. 1.
Early Voting Centers