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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
Fri., Jan. 1 First day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(G)) Exploratory Period is from January 1 – February 15
Fri., Jan. 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 Jan1 until the Qualifying Period has closed. Candidates filing a Declaration after Jan 1, 2021 must provide a disclosure report of received Seed Money and In-Kind Contributions to date. If, at the time of filing a Declaration a candidate has no seed money or in-kind contributions to report, candidate may file a statement to that effect.

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.

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. (§4(E))

XXX One-on-one meetings with City Clerk by Appointment
XXX

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., Feb 15 Last day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI §3(G))
Tues., Feb 16 First day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(Q)) Qualifying Period is from February 16 – March 31

Tues., Feb 16

First day for Mayoral candidates 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 §2-4-13 ROA) Signature Period is from Feb 16 - April 28 (§2-4-13)
Fri., Feb 19 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Fri., Feb 26 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Fri., March 5 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Fri., March 12 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Mon., 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
 

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 March 15th until the Qualifying Period has closed. Candidates filing a Declaration after March 15, 2019 must provide a disclosure report of received Seed Money and In-Kind Contributions to date. If, at the time of filing a Declaration a candidate has no seed money or in-kind contributions to report, candidate may file a statement to that effect.   (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.

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. (§4(E))

Fri., March 19 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Fri., March 26 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Wed., March 31 Last day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(Q)) Qualifying Period is from February 16 – March 31
Thurs., April 1 Deadline for Mayoral Applicant Candidates to submit their Application for Certification to the City Clerk.
Thurs., April 1 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)) 
Thurs., April 1 Following certification, the City Clerk distributes revenue 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. 
Thurs., April 1 Deadline for Mayor Applicant Candidates to return unused Qualifying Contribution Receipt Books to the Office of the City Clerk. (2019 Regulations of the OEEC Part C4)
Fri., April 2 Weekly return of petitions
Fri., April 9 Weekly return of petitions
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 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.

Fri., April 16 Weekly return of petitions
Fri., April 23 Weekly return of petitions
Wed., April 28 5:00 p.m. Deadline for Mayoral Candidates 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 §2-4-13B&C ROA)
Fri., April 30 Last day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI §3(G))
Sat., May 1 First day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(Q)) Qualifying Period is from May 1-May 31
Sat., 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) Signature Period is from May 1-June 28 (§2-4-13)
Fri, May 7 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Mon, May 11 Second Campaign Disclosure Statement Due. Second campaign disclosure statement due at the City Clerk’s office by 5:00pm (City Charter Article XIII §4)
Fri, May 14 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Fri, May 21 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part C §7)
Fri, May 28 Last day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(Q))
Sat., May 29

NOON: Deadline for Council Applicant Candidates to submit their final Qualifying Contributions and corresponding receipts to Office of the City Clerk as well as the Second Seed Money and In-Kind Contributions Report. [City Charter Article XVI §7(C)] [2019 Regulations of the OEEC Part C7(d)]

Mon, May 31 Memorial Day Holiday – City of Albuquerque Closed
Tues., June 1 Deadline for Council Applicant Candidates to submit their Application for Certification to the City Clerk.
Tues., June 1 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)) 
Tues., June 1 Following certification, the City Clerk distributes revenue 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. 
Tues., June 1 Deadline for Council Applicant Candidates to return unused Qualifying Contribution Receipt Books to the Office of the City Clerk. (2019 Regulations of the OEEC Part C4)
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)
Fri, June 11 Weekly return of petitions
Fri, June 18 Weekly return of petitions
Mon., 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)
Thurs., July 1 Elected Official’s Annual Financial Statement Due (City Charter Article XII § 5(d))
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)
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)
Tue., Aug 24

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). 

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 home. (City Charter Article XIII Section 3)
XXX 5:00 p.m. Withdrawal of Candidacy Last day for certified candidates to withdraw candidacy with the County Clerk (§1-22-9)
XXX

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)

XXX County Clerk notifies Participating Candidates who have been qualified and placed on the ballot. (§ 1-22-10)
Fri., Sept 3 First day candidates may display political signs. (§14-16-3-5(C)(3) ROA 1994)
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)
XXX 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.
XXX Deadline for Unopposed Participating Candidates to return public financing funds to the City Clerk. (2019 Regulations of the OEEC, Part D §7)
XXX Deadline for write-in candidates to withdraw as a candidate with County Clerk (§ 1-22-8.1 NMSA 1978)
XXX 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. 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.

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

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 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)
 XXX 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 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 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)
XXX Deadline to inspect and certify voting machines being used on Election Day. (§3-8-14E); The deadline to file an objection to the use of a voting machine is two (2) days after the machine is certified.
Fri, Oct 29 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, Oct 29 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)
Fri, Oct 29 5:00 p.m. Deadline for candidates to file petition appointing challengers and watchers. (§3-8-31 B)
XXX Last day for early voting and in-person absentee (§1-6-5.7(A)) & §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 7:00 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 12 Political Signs Last day to take down political signs (except for runoff candidates).  (§14-16-3-5(C) (3) ROA 1994).
Tues., Nov 16

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 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)