Registered voters in Las Cruces can begin casting their ballots for the City’s Nov. 5 municipal elections.
Early voting and absentee voting began Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019 and will continue through Nov. 2, 2019. During early voting eligible voters can cast their ballots from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Doña Ana County Government Center, 845 N. Motel Boulevard.
Beginning Oct. 19, 2019 eight Alternate Early Voting Convenience Centers, including four in Las Cruces, will open. The four City locations are at Las Cruces City Hall, 700 N. Main St.; Sonoma Elementary School, 4201 Northrise Drive; Corbett Center Student Union, at New Mexico State University; and the Doña Ana County Government Center. Alternate Early Voting Centers will also be at Anthony City Hall, 820 State Highway 478, in Anthony; Delores C. Wright Educational Center, 400 E. Lisa Drive, in Chaparral; Hatch High School, 170 E. Herrera Road, in Hatch; and Doña Ana Community College, 3365 McNutt Road, in Sunland Park.
Alternate Early Voting Convenience Centers will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday from Oct. 19 through Nov. 2. At City Hall, early voting will be conducted in the Conference Room of the City Clerk’s Office, at the southeast corner of the lobby at City Hall.
Las Cruces’ municipal elections will include races for Mayor, City Council districts 1, 2 and 4, and Presiding Municipal Court Judge. Ten candidates are entered in the Mayoral election, two candidates are running for City Council District 1, four candidates in District 2, three candidates in District 3, and two candidates for Presiding Municipal Court Judge. Elections for the Soil and Water Conservation District, and bond questions for the Las Cruces Public Schools and Doña Ana Community College will also be conducted.
Beginning with this election, Las Cruces voters will elect a Mayor, City Councilors in Districts 1, 2, 4 and Presiding Municipal Judge using Ranked Choice Voting. With Ranked Choice Voting, voters will get to rank the candidates from favorite to least favorite. For a candidate to win, they must receive a majority of the vote, 50 percent plus one. If a candidate gets a majority of first preference votes, they win. If no candidate gets a majority of first preference votes, the candidate with the fewest first preference votes is eliminated. Voters who picked that candidate as the first choice would have their second preference vote count.
Information about Ranked Choice Voting can be found at lascrucesrankedchoice.com.
Election Day will be from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Nov. 5, and 40 voting convenience centers will be utilized throughout Doña Ana County. For a complete list of all voting convenience centers go to www.dacelections.com.
For information, call the Doña Ana County Clerk’s Office, at 575/647-7428, or go online at www.dacelections.com.