RIO RANCHO, N.M. — More than 57,000 Rio Ranchoans are registered to vote on Tuesday to elect a mayor, three city councilors and municipal judge, with runoffs looming if a candidate can’t capture more than 50 percent of the votes in his or her race.
Polls will be open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at:
- Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle NE;
- Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane;
- Mountain View Middle School, 4101 Montreal Loop NE; and
- Soul Rio Community Church, 2003 Southern Blvd. SE, Suites 128-131.
City spokesman Peter Well said 57,601 people are eligible to vote Tuesday.
Before heading to a voting convenience center, voters on Election Day can visit the website electionpeople.com/crr-sites to view real-time data on how many people are in line at each location.
The city clerk’s office will accept completed absentee ballots delivered by mail, in person by the voter casting the ballot or a member of the voter’s immediate family or caregiver until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Early voting concluded Friday.
Four candidates are competing in the citywide race for mayor to succeed outgoing Thomas Swisstack. In order of appearance on the ballot, they are: Greggory Hull, Michael Williams, R. Morgan Braden and Jim Owen.
Three people are vying for municipal judge in another citywide race: Ramon Montaño, Jeffrey Goen and incumbent G. Robert Cook.
City council seats will be filled in three districts. The candidates are: District 2 — Dawnn Robinson, Darlene Collins and Sandra Atwood; District 3 — incumbent Tamara Gutierrez and Cheryl Everett; and District 5 — Thomas Buckner, incumbent Timothy Crum, Shelby Smith and Paul Howell.
Each municipal office up for election carries a four-year term.
Sample ballots and maps of the council districts are on the city website, ci.rio-rancho.nm.us, under “Election Information.”
If no candidate in a given race receives more than 50 percent of votes, the candidates with the highest and second-highest totals compete in a runoff, held between 35 and 45 days after Friday’s canvass of the regular election. The Rio Rancho Governing Body would set the runoff date at its March 22 meeting.
Voters are required to present photo identification — which may include any card issued by a government agency, driver’s license, student ID card, credit or debit card, insurance card, professional association card or city-issued voter ID card. If someone can’t provide a photo ID, the person can vote on a conditional ballot, subject to verification.