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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
Thur., Jan. 21 First day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(G)) Exploratory Period is from January 21 – March 8.
Thur., Jan. 21

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 21, 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., March 8 Last day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI §3(G))
Tues., March 9 First day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(Q)) Qualifying Period is from March 9 – May 25.

Tues., March 9

First day for Mayoral candidates who are 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 §2-4-13 ROA) Signature Period is from March 9 - May 25 (§2-4-13)
Tues., March 16 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (§2-4-13 (C))
Tue., March 23 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (§2-4-13 (C))
Tue., March 30 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (§2-4-13 (C))
Tue., April 6 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (§2-4-13 (C))
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.

Tue., April 13 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (§2-4-13 (C))
Tue., April 20 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (§2-4-13 (C))
Tue., April 27 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (§2-4-13 (C))
Tue., May 4 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (§2-4-13 (C))
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)
Tue., May 11 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions (§2-4-13 (C))
Mon., May 17 First day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(G)) Exploratory Period is from May 17 - June 20.
 

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))

Mon., May 17 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 §2-4-13 ROA) Signature Period for participating candidates is from May 17 - July 20 (§2-4-13)
Tue., May 18 Weekly return of petitions. (§2-4-13 (C)) Returns of petitions shall be made every subsequent Tuesday by noon, even when not noted on this calendar.
Tue., May 25 Last day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Mayoral Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(Q)) Qualifying Period is from March 9 – May 25.
Tue., May 25 5:00 p.m. 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 §2-4-13B&C ROA). Final submission of qualifying contributions for Mayoral Candidates. (§2-4-13 (B))
Tue., May 25 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 §2-4-13 ROA) Signature Period for privately financed candidates is from May 25 - August 10. (§2-4-13)
Tue., May 25 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)
Tue., June 1 Weekly return of petitions. (§2-4-13 (C)) Returns of petitions shall be made every subsequent Tuesday by noon, even when not noted on this calendar.
Tue., June 7 First day for Council candidates who are 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 §2-4-13 ROA) Signature Period for privately financed candidates is from June 7 - August 10. (§2-4-13)
Mon., June 14 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)) 
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)
Thurs., June 17 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. 
Sun., June 20 Last day of Public Financing Exploratory Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI §3(G))
Mon., June 21 First day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(Q)) Qualifying Period is from June 21 - July 20
Tue., June 29 Weekly return of petitions and qualifying contributions. (§2-4-13 (C)) Returns of petitions and contributions shall be made every subsequent Tuesday by noon, even when not noted on this calendar.
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)
Tue., July 20 Last day of Public Financing Qualifying Period for Council Candidates (City Charter Article XVI § 3(Q))
Tue., July 20

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)]

Tue., July 20

5:00 p.m. 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 §2-4-13B&C ROA)

Tues., July 20 Deadline for Council Applicant Candidates to submit their Application for Certification to the City Clerk.
Tues., July 20 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., Aug. 9 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)) 
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 5:00 p.m. 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, or signatures of 3000 voters registered within the City of Albuquerque. (City Charter Article II § 4 and §2-4-13B&C ROA)
Thur., Aug. 12 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. 
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)
Tue., Aug 31 5:00 p.m. Withdrawal of Candidacy Last day for certified candidates to withdraw candidacy with the County Clerk (§1-22-9)
Tue., Aug 31

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 3 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)