A measure to add a “Democracy Dollars” initiative on the November general election ballot failed by a 3-2 vote by Bernalillo County commissioners on Tuesday.
Democrat Steven Quezada and Republicans Lonnie Talbert and James Smith voted against adding the question on the November ballot, which is under county responsibility.
If passed, Albuquerque voters would have had their say on a City Charter amendment that would add “Democracy Dollars” to the city’s election code.
Under the proposal, registered city voters and voting-eligible residents would use the $25 Democracy Dollars coupons to contribute to their choice of qualified candidates. The candidates would then redeem the dollars with the city clerk, up to a limit, for funds to spend in support of their campaigns.