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How to be a Write In Candidate

Information on how to be a Write-In candidate for an Albuquerque Local Election.

Filing Date Deadline

Filing date for Write-In candidates is Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021. You can obtain and file your declaration with the County Clerk.

A new section of the Local Election Act, Section 1-22-8.1 NMSA 1978, is enacted to read:


  1. Write-in candidates shall be permitted in regular local elections.
  2. A person may be a write-in candidate only if the person has the qualifications to be a candidate for the position for which the person is running.
  3. A person desiring to be a write-in candidate for an office shall file with the proper filing officer a declaration of candidacy.  The declaration shall be filed between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the sixty-third day preceding the date of the election.  The county clerk shall ensure that a declaration of candidacy filed pursuant to this section specifies that it is for a write-in candidate.
  4. At the time of filing the declaration of candidacy, the write-in candidate shall be considered a candidate for all purposes and provisions relating to candidates in the Local Election Act, except that the write-in candidate's name shall not be printed on the ballot nor posted in any polling place.

Required Forms

  1. Write-In Financial Disclosure
  2. Campaign Financing Statements as Required by the City Charter

Please remember that the same rules apply for campaign finance reporting outlined in the City Charter.