On Tuesday, Oct. 4, the city's asking you to weigh in on red-light cameras. Kind of. Whatever you voters decide won’t become law. Instead, you’ll be advising city councilors, and they’d be fools not to listen to you. It’s a chance for you to speak up about the cameras.
Four Council districts are on ballots this year. Sitting Councilors Debbie O’Malley and Rey Garduño are unopposed. But Councilor Brad Winter is facing off against Bill Tallman, and Councilor Trudy Jones is up against Greg Payne. Go to the city’s website to see if you reside in the even-numbered districts up for a vote this year.
There are also 12 bonds for improvements around the city. Bond No. 12 is a tricky one, though. It ties $25 million for the interchange at Paseo del Norte and I-25 to $25 million for a sports complex. If you vote for one, you vote for the other.
Go to alibi.com/election2011 for a quick rundown of the issues, endorsements by our editorial board and videos of our interviews with the candidates.
Where do I vote?
This year, the city clerk is changing things up. Instead of making you vote at one particular location, you can cast your ballot at any one of the 49 centers throughout the city.
Do I have to bring an ID with me?
Yes. You've got to present photo ID, which can include: passport, state ID card, city/county/state/federal badge, student ID, driver's license, credit or debit card (with photo), insurance card, union card, professional association card or city clerk-issued photo ID.
Can I register to vote today for the 2011 election?
No, friend, that ship has sailed. But while you're thinking about it, why not get that taken care of so you can vote in the 2012 presidential election? You can do it through the County Clerk's Office.
How do I find out if I'm registered?
Voter registration is permanent in New Mexico, so if you've voted in this state before, you're probably good to go. Still, it doesn't hurt to double-check. County clerks and the secretary of state maintain the voter rolls in New Mexico. Check online or call the Bernalillo County Clerk's Office at 468-1291.
Can I vote early?
Absolutely. The last day to vote early is Friday, Sept. 30. Nine early voting centers are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.