After hundreds of thousands of dollars raised, more than 50 debates, and countless hours spent by City Councilor Dan Lewis and state Auditor Tim Keller trying to appeal to Albuquerque residents, it’s now up to the voters to decide which one will be the best mayor.
Today is Election Day. Registered city voters can cast their ballots at any of 53 voting centers across the city, but must present a photo ID. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Keller, a Democrat, and Lewis, a Republican, were the top two vote-getters in the Oct. 3 mayoral election. Today’s runoff is required because none of the eight mayoral candidates on the Oct. 3 ballot received 50 percent of the vote.
Also on today’s ballot is the District 5 City Council runoff between attorney Robert J. Aragon and retired planner Cynthia D. Borrego. Aragon is a Republican and Borrego is a Democrat.
This is the first time Albuquerque has had a mayoral runoff since 1993.
The city election is a nonpartisan election, but both candidates have strong support from their respective party’s voters, according to a Journal Poll published Sunday.
According to City Clerk Natalie Howard, more than 57,572 Albuquerque residents took advantage of early voting for today’s runoff, surpassing the early voting total for the Oct. 3 election by more than 16,000 votes. Another 2,801 registered voters had returned absentee ballots, according to data provided by Howard.
The new mayor takes the reins Dec. 1 from Mayor Richard Berry, who has served two terms and had said he would not seek a third one.
Where to vote
Polls will be open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Voters can go to any of the following sites. A government photo ID is required.
7 Bar Elementary School, 4501 Seven Bar Loop NW
98th and Central (Bernalillo County Rental), 120 98th NW, Suite A5
Alamosa Community Center, 6900 Gonzales SW
Albuquerque International Balloon Museum, 9201 Balloon Museum NE
Albuquerque Museum, 2000 Mountain NW
Arroyo del Oso Elementary School, 6504 Harper Drive NE
Bandelier Elementary School, 3309 Pershing SE
Barelas Senior Center, 714 7th SW
Bear Canyon Senior Center, 4645 Pitt NE
Canyon Club (Four Hills Country Club), 911 Four Hills SE
Caracol Plaza, 12500 Montgomery NE
Cesar Chavez Community Center, 7505 Kathryn SE
Chaparral Elementary School, 6325 Milne NW
Cherry Hills Library, 6901 Barstow NE
City of Albuquerque Records Center, 604 Menaul NW
Copper Pointe Church, 10500 Copper NE
Daskalos Plaza, 5339 Menaul NE
Don Newton/Taylor Ranch Community Center, 4900 Kachina NW
Edward Gonzales Elementary School, 554 90th SW
Eisenhower Middle School, 11001 Camero NE
Grant Middle School, 1111 Easterday NE
Herman Sanchez Community Center, 1830 William SE
Highland Senior Center, 131 Monroe NE
Hoffmantown Church, 8888 Harper NE
Holiday Park Community Center, 11710 Comanche NE
Inez Elementary School, 1700 Pennsylvania NE
Jackson Middle School, 10600 Indian School NE
Jeanne Bellamah Community Center, 11516 Summer NE
Jefferson Middle School, 712 Girard NE
Ladera Golf Course, 3401 Ladera NW
Lomas Tramway Library, 908 Eastridge NE
Los Altos Plaza, 4200 Wyoming NE
Los Griegos Multi-Service Center, 1231 Candelaria NW
Lyndon B. Johnson Middle School, 6811 Taylor Ranch NW
Manzano Mesa Multigenerational Center, 501 Elizabeth SE
Mark Twain Elementary School, 6316 Constitution NE
Montezuma Elementary School, 3100 Indian School NE
North Domingo Baca Multigenerational Center, 7521 Carmel NE
North Valley Senior Center, 3825 4th NW
Oñate Elementary School, 12415 Brentwood Hills NE
Painted Sky Elementary, 8101 Gavin Drive NW
Pajarito Elementary School, 2701 Don Felipe SW
Paradise Hills United Methodist Church, 4700 Paradise NW
Palo Duro Senior Center, 5221 Palo Duro NE
Petroglyph Plaza, 8201 Golf Course NW, Suite D1
S.R. Marmon Elementary School, 1800 72nd NW
Sandia High School, 7801 Candelaria NE
University of New Mexico SUB, 301 Cornell Drive NE
Ventana Ranch Elementary School, 6801 Ventana Village NW
Volcano Vista High School, 8100 Rainbow NW
West Mesa Community Center, 5500 Glenrio NW
Westgate Community Center, 1400 Snow Vista SW
Whittier Elementary School, 1110 Quincy SE