ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - It's Election Day in Albuquerque as the city chooses a mayor and councilors and decides on millions of dollars in borrowing.
At the top of the ballot: incumbent mayor Richard j. Berry, former city public safety director Pete Dinelli and retired Albuquerque police department Sgt. Paul Heh.
Fifty locations around Albuquerque opened for voting at 7 a.m. Welcoming voters until 7 p.m.
"If somebody happens to be standing in line at 7 pm waiting to vote, they're absolutely allowed to vote, cast their ballot," city clerk Amy bailey said. "Then once all the ballots are cast, the precinct boards start doing their tallying and closing information."
Voters can go to any location and cast their ballots.
All city elections in Albuquerque are nonpartisan, so don't look for a Republican or Democrat option on your ballot.
Don't expect to see the late-term abortion ban question there either. You will only be able to vote on that separately on Nov. 19 either in a run-off election or by mail-in ballot..
Also on the ballot are 10 different bonds for the city.
There are council district elections in six districts. Three races have the possibility of a run off if no candidate gets more than 50 per of the vote: the mayoral race, Council District 3 and Council District 7.
“Those three races have three candidates, so there is a possibility of a run off," Bailey said. "And if that becomes necessary, it will take place on Nov. 19."
Bailey said she is expecting a bigger voter turnout than 2012.
The city mailed out 7,300 absentee ballots; the expectation is most will be used.
Early voting closed Friday with 26,000 voters having already made up their minds.
That's half again as many early voters who turned out in 2009.
Since it's now too late to return absentee ballots by mail, bailey recommends they be hand-delivered before 7 p.m. To the city clerks office at 600 Second St. NW or the city records center at 604 Menaul blvd NW.
Voting locations can be found in an interactive map on the city clerk's voting and elections website or by calling the city's 311 information hotline.
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