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Candidate Calendar for the 2021 Regular Local Election

A listing of dates and deadlines for the 2021 Regular Local Election.

This calendar is subject to change. Check back regularly for updates.

 

Date

Activity, Requirement or Deadline

Mon., Mar. 1

First day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI, § 3(G)) Exploratory Period is from March 1 – April 16.

Mon., Mar. 1

First day for Mayoral Candidates to submit Declaration of Intent to seek public financing. Council Candidates may file their intent to seek public financing at any point after March 1 until the Qualifying Period has closed.

In order to File the Declaration of Intent, the applicant candidate must schedule an appointment with the City Clerk at least one day prior to filing. The Clerk will review the public finance process with the candidate and provide the Declaration of Intent for public financing.

The Declaration of Intent shall specify that the candidate has not, within one year prior to the declaration, raised or expended any monies in excess of the pre- and post- Exploratory Period contribution limits with the intent or effect of campaigning for elected office. (City Charter Article XVI, § 4(E))

Mon., Mar. 1

One-on-one meetings with the City Clerk and Mayoral Applicant Candidates by Appointment. The City Clerk will begin taking meetings by appointment at the beginning of the Exploratory Period and continue to take appointments through the Qualifying Period.

TBD – or via Zoom

Mandatory Orientation Session with City Clerk and Auditor.

Candidates may not circulate Petitions or collect Qualifying Contributions without meeting with the City Clerk to receive all necessary forms and information. You are encouraged to bring your campaign manager and/or Treasurer with you. Candidates will receive instructions on collecting signatures and financial reporting compliance. This is a very important meeting. 

Candidates who are unable to attend the Orientation Session must schedule an appointment with the City Clerk prior to circulating petitions or collecting qualifying contributions.

Mon, April 12

First Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. First campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm. (City Charter Article XIII, § 4)

Mon, April 12

Biannual Disclosure Statement due for elected officials reporting all contributions and expenditures made and contributions received on or before the first Monday in April and not previously reported. The online reporting statement must be filed (posted) no later than 5:00pm. (City Charter Article XII, § 4)

**In an election year, rather than filing biannual disclosure statements, reporting individuals who are candidates for office shall file campaign disclosure statements.

Fri., April 16

Last day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI, § 3(G))

Sat., April 16

First day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI, § 3(Q)) Qualifying Period is from April 16 – June 19.

Sat., April 16

First day for Mayoral candidates seeking public financing to collect Signatures for Petitions. Candidates must gather the signatures of 3000 voters registered within the City of Albuquerque. (City Charter Article II, § 4 and ROA 1994, § 2-4-13) Signature Period is from April 16 – June 19 (§ 2-4-13)

Tues., April 20

Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions. (ROA 1994, § 2-4-13 (C)) Returns of petitions and qualifying contributions shall be made every subsequent Tuesday by noon, even when not noted on this calendar.

Sun., April 25

First day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI, § 3(G)) Exploratory Period is from April 25 – May 30.

Sun., April 25

First day for Council Candidates to submit Declaration of Intent to seek public financing. Council Candidates may file their intent to seek public financing at any point after April 25 until the Qualifying Period has closed.

In order to File the Declaration of Intent, the applicant candidate must schedule an appointment with the City Clerk at least one day prior to filing. The Clerk will review the public finance process with the candidate and provide the Declaration of Intent for public financing.

The Declaration of Intent shall specify that the candidate has not, within one year prior to the declaration, raised or expended any monies in excess of the pre- and post- Exploratory Period contribution limits with the intent or effect of campaigning for elected office. (City Charter Article XVI, § 4(E))

Mon, May 10

Second Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Second campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm. (City Charter Article XIII §4)

Sun., May 30

Last day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI, § 3(G))

Mon., May 31

First day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Council Candidates. (City Charter Article XVI, § 3(Q)) Qualifying Period is from May 31 - July 5.

Mon., May 31

First day for Council candidates seeking public financing to collect signatures for Petitions. Candidates must gather the signatures of 500 voters registered within the district the candidate wishes to represent. (City Charter Article II, § 4 and ROA 1994, § 2-4-13) Signature Period for participating candidates is from May 31 – July 5 (§2-4-13)

Tue., June 8

Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions. (ROA 1994, § 2-4-13 (C)) Returns of petitions and qualifying contributions shall be made every subsequent Tuesday by noon, even when not noted on this calendar.

Tue., June 8

First day for Mayoral candidates who are seeking private financing to collect signatures for Petitions.  Candidates must gather the signatures of 3000 voters registered within the City of Albuquerque. (City Charter Article II, § 4 and ROA 1994, § 2-4-13 ROA) Signature Period for privately financed candidates is from June 8 - August 10. (§ 2-4-13)

Mon., June 14

Third Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Third campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm. (City Charter Article XIII, § 4)

Sat., June 19

Last day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI, § 3(Q)) Qualifying Period is from April 17 – June 19.

Sat., June 19

5:00pm. Deadline for Mayoral Candidates seeking public financing to submit Petitions to the Office of the City Clerk containing the signatures of 3,000 registered voters in the City of Albuquerque. (City Charter Article II, § 4 and ROA 1994, § 2-4-13(B)-(C)). Final submission of qualifying contributions for Mayoral Candidates. (§2-4-13(B))

Sat., June 19

Deadline for Mayor Applicant Candidates to return unused Qualifying Contribution Receipt Books to the Office of the City Clerk. (2021 Regulations of the Albuquerque City Clerk for the OEEC)

Sat., June 19

Declaration of Candidacy

Deadline for Mayor Applicant Candidates to file their Declarations of Candidacy with the City Clerk. The City Clerk will submit petitions and Declaration to the County Clerk. The County Clerk shall notify the City Clerk within 3 days if candidate is qualified. (NMSA 1978, § 1-22-3.2(D)(2)). 

Thurs., July 1

Elected Official’s Annual Financial Statement Due. (City Charter Article XII, § 5(d))

Mon., July 5

5:00pm. Deadline for Council Candidates seeking public financing to submit Petitions to the Office of the City Clerk containing the signatures of 500 registered voters in the district that the candidate wishes to represent. (City Charter Article II, § 4 and ROA 1994, § 2-4-13(B)-(C))

Mon., July 5

Last day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Council Candidates. (City Charter Article XVI, § 3(Q))

Mon., July 5

Deadline for Council Applicant Candidates to submit their Application for Certification to the City Clerk.

Mon., July 5

Deadline for Council Applicant Candidates to return unused Qualifying Contribution Receipt Books to the Office of the City Clerk. (2021 Regulations of the OEEC Part C4)

Mon., July 5

Declaration of Candidacy

Deadline for Council Applicant Candidates to file their Declarations of Candidacy with the City Clerk. The City Clerk will submit petitions and Declaration to the County Clerk. The County Clerk shall notify the City Clerk within 3 days if candidate is qualified. (NMSA 1978, § 1-22-3.2(D)(2)). 

Tue., July 6

First day for Council candidates seeking private financing to collect signatures for Petitions. Candidates must gather the signatures of 500 voters registered within the district the candidate wishes to represent. (City Charter Article II, § 4 and ROA 1994, § 2-4-13) Signature Period for privately financed candidates is from July 6 - August 10. (§ 2-4-13)

Tue., July 6

City Clerk certifies Mayoral Applicant Candidates meeting the requirements of the Open and Ethical Elections Code as Participating Candidates. (City Charter Article XVI, § 7(B)) 

Tue., July 6

Following certification, the City Clerk distributes funds to Participating Mayoral Candidates. (City Charter Article XVI, § 12) The distribution is completed electronically between the City Treasurer and the candidate’s financial institution. The banking process can take several business days to complete. 

Mon, July 12

Deadline for Unopposed Participating Mayoral Candidates to return public financing funds to the City Clerk. (2021 Regulations of the OEEC, Part D § 7)

Mon, July 12

Fourth Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Fourth campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm. (City Charter Article XIII, § 4)

Sun., July 25

City Clerk certifies Council Applicant Candidates meeting the requirements of the Open and Ethical Elections Code as Participating Candidates. (City Charter Article XVI, § 7(B)) 

Sun., July 25

Following certification, the City Clerk distributes funds to Participating Council Candidates. (City Charter Article XVI, § 12) The distribution is completed electronically between the City Treasurer and the candidate’s financial institution. The banking process can take several business days to complete. 

Mon, July 26

Deadline for Unopposed Participating Council Candidates to return public financing funds to the City Clerk. (2021 Regulations of the OEEC, Part D § 7)

Mon, Aug. 9

Fifth Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Fifth campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm (City Charter Article XIII, § 4)

Tues., Aug. 10

5:00pm. Deadline for Mayoral and Council Candidates seeking private financing to submit Petitions to the Office of the City Clerk containing the signatures of 500 registered voters in the district that the candidate wishes to represent for Council Candidates, or the signatures of 3000 voters registered within the City of Albuquerque for Mayoral Candidates. (City Charter Article II, § 4 and ROA 1994, § 2-4-13(B)(C))

Tue., Aug 24

Declaration of Candidacy

Privately Financed Candidates must file their Declarations of Candidacy with the County Clerk between 9:00am. and 5:00pm. (NMSA 1978, § 1-22-7). 

Tue., Aug 24

Deadline for Candidates to File Organization and Income Disclosure Statement. Candidates shall file with the City Clerk their disclosure statements reflecting the candidate’s memberships and positions in professional organizations; their sources of income producing 5% or more of the candidate’s total income; businesses relationships with the City; and real estate interests within Bernalillo County, exclusive of the candidate’s residence. (City Charter Article XIII, § 3)

Tue., Aug 31

5:00pm. Withdrawal of Candidacy Last day for certified candidates to withdraw candidacy with the County Clerk (NMSA 1978, § 1-22-9)

Tue., Aug 31

9:00am. to 5:00pm. Filing day for Write-in Candidates  

Candidates must file with the County Clerk. (NMSA 1978, § 1-22-8.1)

Fri., Sept 3

First day candidates may display political signs. (ROA 1994, § 14-16-3-5(C)(3))

Mon, Sept 13

Sixth Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Sixth campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm. (City Charter Article XIII, § 4)

Tue, Sept 14

Deadline for Unopposed Participating Candidates to return public financing funds to the City Clerk. (2021 Regulations of the OEEC Part D § 6) Applies only to Participating Candidates whose opposing candidate was a write-in that withdrew.

Sat., Sept 18

County Clerk shall transmit ballots to federal qualified electors whose applications have been accepted up to and on this day. (NMSA 1978, § 1-6B-7(A)(D)) Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act is commonly referred to as UOCAVA- MOVE ACT (45 days before the election)-Must be done on this day regardless of weekend or holiday.

Mon, Oct. 4

Biannual Disclosure Statement due by 5:00pm for elected officials reporting all contributions and expenditures made and contributions received on or before the first Monday in October, and not previously reported. (City Charter Article XIII, §,4)

**In an election year, rather than filing biannual disclosure statements, reporting individuals who are candidates for office shall file campaign disclosure statements.

TBD

Last day to register to vote, or update voter registration with County Clerk (NMSA 1978, § 1-4-8(A)(3))

TBD

Absentee Ballots. First day for County Clerk to issue absentee ballots to voters whose applications have been approved. (NMSA 1978, § 1-6-5(E)) 

First Day for Absentee in-person voting at the County Clerk Annex. (NMSA 1978, § 1-6-5(F)) 

Mon., Oct 11

Seventh Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Seventh campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm. (City Charter Article XIII, § 4)

Mon., Oct 18

Eighth Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Eighth campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm. (City Charter Article XIII, § 4)

TBD

Early Voting.  First day for in person early voting on voting machine at the City Clerk’s Office and other early voting sites. (NMSA 1978, § 1-6-5.7(A))

Mon., Oct 25

Ninth Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Ninth campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm (City Charter Article XIII, § 4)

Wed, Oct 27

Notify Candidates of Mandatory meeting with Board of Ethics, scheduled for Friday, Nov 1st. Candidates must appear before the Board of Ethics some time between noon on the Friday before the election and Election Day. This is a mandatory meeting and is usually scheduled at 4:00pm. Candidates shall receive a minimum of three days written notice of the meeting. (City Charter Article XIII, § 4 (i)3)

Fri, Oct 29

Supplemental Financial Reports. Any contribution or pledge to contribute $500 or more shall be reported to the City Clerk within 24 hours. (City Charter Article XIII, § 4)

Sat., Oct 30

Last day for early voting and in-person absentee (NMSA 1978, § 1-6-5.7(A); NMSA 1978, § 1-6-5(F)). 

Mon., Nov 1

Tenth Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Tenth campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm. (City Charter Article XIII, § 4)

TUES, NOV. 2

ELECTION DAY Polls Open at 7:00am. and close at 7:00pm. (NMSA 1978, § 1-22-3(A))

7:00 p.m. Polls Close.  Any voter in line waiting to vote may vote. (NMSA 1978, § 1-12-26)

Fri., Nov 12

Political Signs Last day to take down political signs, except for runoff candidates. (ROA 1994, § 14-16-3-5(C)(3))

Tues., Nov 16

Return unspent Regular Election Public funds
Deadline for Participating Candidates to pay City Clerk all unspent or unencumbered funds received from the Open and Ethical Elections Fund and any Seed money from the regular election.

(City Charter Article XVI, § 8(C))

Thurs., Dec 2

Eleventh Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Eleventh campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm. (City Charter Article XIII, § 4)