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Candidate Calendar for the 2019 Regular Municipal Election

A listing of dates and deadlines for the 2019 Regular Municipal Election.

Please note that this calendar is subject to change. Legislation pending before the State Legislature may impact these deadlines. Check back regularly for updates.

Date Activity, Requirement or Deadline
Thurs., March 7 Public Hearing on 2019 Regulations
March 18-22 One-on-one meetings with City Clerk by Appointment
Fri., March 15 First day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(G)) Exploratory Period is from March 15-April 30
Fri., March 15

First day for Council Candidates to submit Declaration of Intent to seek public financing. Council Candidates may file their intent to seek public financing on March 15th or at any point after March 15th until the Qualifying Period has closed. (2019 Regulations of the OEEC Part B §5)

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. Clerk will review public finance process with candidate and provide the Declaration of Intent for public financing.
Mon., April 8 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 8 Biannual Disclosure Statement due for elected officials reporting all contributions and expenditures made and contributions received on or before the first Monday in those Months and not previously reported. The on-line 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.
Thurs., April 25 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.
Tues., April 30 Last day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI §3(G))
Wed., May 1 First day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(Q))[1] Qualifying Period is from May 1-May 31 [1] During the Qualifying Period, Applicant Candidates for City Council must obtain Qualifying Contributions from a minimum of 1% of the City voters registered in the district that the AC wishes to represent. City Charter Article XVI §5.
Wed., May 1 First day for Council candidates 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 §2-4-13 ROA)[1] Signature Period is from May 1-June 28 [1] Council Candidates must file with the City Clerk a Petition containing the signatures of 500 registered voters residing in the district which the candidates wish to represent.
Fri., May 10 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Mon., May 13 Second Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Second campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. (City Charter Article XIII §4)
Fri., May 17 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Fri., May 24 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Mon., May 27 Memorial Day Holiday – City of Albuquerque Closed
Fri., May 31 Last day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(Q)). Applicant Candidates may collect qualifying contributions until 11:59 p.m. on May 31, Qualifying contributions collected after 11:59pm on May 31 will not count towards an Applicant Candidate’s certification for public financing.
Mon., June 3 Deadline for Council Public Financing Applicant Candidates to submit their Application for Certification to the City Clerk.
Mon., June 3 City Clerk certifies Council Public Financing Applicant Candidates meeting the requirements of the Open and Ethical Elections Code as Participating Candidates. (City Charter Article XVI §7(B)) 
Mon., June 3 Following certification, the City Clerk distributes revenue to Public Financing Participating 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., June 3

NOON: Deadline for Council Applicant Candidates to submit their final Qualifying Contributions and corresponding receipts to Office of the City Clerk.

[City Charter Article XVI §7(C)] [2019 Regulations of the OEEC Part C7(d)]
Fri., June 7

Weekly return of petitions

Mon., June 10 Third Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Third campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm (City Charter Article XIII §4)
Fri., June 14 Weekly return of petitions
Mon., June 17 Deadline for Applicant Candidates to return unused Qualifying Contribution Receipt Books to the Office of the City Clerk. (2019 Regulations of the OEEC Part C4)
Fri., June 21 Weekly return of petitions
Fri., June 28 5:00 p.m. Deadline for Council Candidates 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 §2-4-13B&C ROA)
Mon., July 1 Elected Official’s Annual Financial Statement Due (City Charter Article XII § 5(d))
Mon., July 8 Fourth Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Fourth campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. (City Charter Article XIII §4)
Mon., Aug. 12 Fifth Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Fifth campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. (City Charter Article XIII §4)
Tues., Aug. 27 Declaration of Candidacy
Candidates must file their Declarations of Candidacy with the County Clerk between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. (§1-22-7).
Thurs., Aug. 29 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 home. (City Charter Article XIII Section 3)
Tues., Sept. 3 5:00 p.m. Withdrawal of Candidacy Last day for certified candidates to withdraw candidacy with the County Clerk (§1-22-9)
Tues., Sept. 3 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Filing day for Write-in Candidates Candidates must file with the County Clerk (§ 1-22-8.1)
Fri., Sept. 6 County Clerk notifies Participating Candidates who have been qualified and placed on the ballot. (§ 1-22-10)
Fri., Sept. 6 First day candidates may display political signs. (§14-16-3-5(C)(3) ROA 1994)
Mon., Sept. 9 Sixth Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Sixth campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm (City Charter Article XIII §4)
Sat, Sept. 21 County Clerk shall transmit ballots to federal qualified electors whose applications have been accepted up to and on this day (§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.
Tues., Sept. 24 Deadline for Unopposed Participating Candidates to return public financing funds to the City Clerk. (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part D §7)
Mon., Oct. 7 Deadline for Unopposed Participating Candidates to return public financing funds to the City Clerk. (2019 Regulations of the OEEC Part D §6) Applies only to Participating Candidates whose opposing candidate was a write-in that withdrew.
Mon., Oct. 7 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.
Tues., Oct. 8 Last day to register to vote, or update voter registration with County Clerk (§1-4-8(A)(3))
Tues., Oct. 8 Absentee Ballots. First day for County Clerk to issue absentee ballots to voters whose applications have been approved. (§1-6-5(E)) First Day for Absentee in-person voting at the County Clerk Annex. (§1-6-5(F))
Mon., Oct. 14 Seventh Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Seventh campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00 p.m. (City Charter Article XIII §4)
Sat, Oct. 19 Early Voting First day for in person early voting on voting machine at the City Clerk’s Office and other early voting sites. (§1-6-5.7(A))
Mon., Oct. 21 Eighth Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Eighth campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm (City Charter Article XIII §4)
Mon., Oct. 28 Ninth Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Ninth campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm (City Charter Article XIII §4)
Tues., Oct. 29 5:00 p.m. Deadline for any group of 3 candidates to file petition with County Clerk appointing watchers. (§1-22-13)
Wed., Oct. 30 Notify Candidates of Mandatory meeting with Board of Ethics scheduled for Friday, Nov. 1st. Candidates appear before Board of Ethics between noon Friday before the election and the Election Day. This is a mandatory meeting and is usually scheduled at 4:00 p.m. Candidates shall receive a minimum of three days written notice of the meeting. (City Charter, Article XIII § 4-j-3)
Fri., Nov. 1 Mandatory meeting with Board of Ethics. Candidates appear before Board of Ethics. This is a mandatory meeting and is usually scheduled at 4:00 p.m. Candidates shall receive a minimum of three days written notice of the meeting. (City Charter, Article XIII § 4-j-3)
Fri., Nov. 1 Supplemental Financial Reports. Any contribution or pledge to contribute of $500 or more shall be reported to the City Clerk within 24 hours. (City Charter Article XIII §4)
Sat, Nov. 2 Last day for early voting and in-person absentee (§1-6-5.7(A)) & §1-6-5(F)).
Mon., Nov. 4 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. 5 ELECTION DAY Polls Open at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. (§1-22-3(A))
7:00 p.m. Polls Close. Any voter in line waiting to vote may vote. (§1-12-26)
Fri., Nov. 15 Political Signs Last day to take down political signs (except for runoff candidates). (§14-16-3-5(C) (3) ROA 1994).
Tues., Nov. 19 Refund 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 Section 8 (C))
Thurs., Dec. 5 Eleventh Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Eleventh campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm (City Charter Article XIII §4)