ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Applications for absentee ballots are now being taken for the Nov. 19 election to settle an Albuquerque City Council race and decide a ban on late-term abortions.
The runoff in District 7 pits appointed incumbent Councilor Janice Arnold-Jones against Diane Gibson. While the race is officially nonpartisan, the winner between Republican Arnold-Jones and Democrat Gibson will determine which party holds a majority on the nine-member council.
The abortion question, on the ballot by citizen petition, would ban abortions in the city after 20 weeks. However, Attorney General Gary King has said the ban would be both unconstitutional and unenforceable and lead to costly litigation for the city.
The city will start mailing out the absentee ballots on Wednesday.
Arnold-Jones fell just short of the 50 percent needed to avoid the runoff during the Oct. 8 municipal election that saw Republican Mayor Richard J. Berry re-elected and Democratic Councilor Isaac Benton, redistricted out of his seat, defeat another appointed Republican, Roxanne Meyers.
An Albuquerque Police officer involved shooting over the weekend marks the fifth since late October and city officials are taking notice.
A woman was stolen from her daughter's car, a woman who died more than five years ago.
Albuquerque police shot and killed a man Sunday night after responding to an assault call near UNM.
Deputies were led on a chase around 4 p.m. Monday after a person called 911 to report their vehicle had been stolen and was being driven recklessly around Albuquerque.
New Mexico could have hundreds of millions of dollars more to spend as legislators get ready to put together next year's budget in the upcoming legislative session.
Organizers of the Gildan New Mexico Bowl are hoping to shed the disappointing attendance numbers that weighed down the event last year when the Colorado State Rams and the Washington State Cougars face off Dec. 21.