Today is the last day for Santa Fe residents—including the estimated 13,000 new people annexed into city boundaries last month—to register to vote in the March 4 city election.
This year, four city office seats are contested, including the mayor's office and three city council seats. Voters will also weigh in on several city charter amendments, including two that will change the mayor's political powers.
Voter turnout for mayoral elections is often low. In 2010, for example, just 13,000 of the city's then-47,000 registered voters bothered to cast a ballot for a mayoral candidate. Prospective voters have until 5 pm tonight to register at the Santa Fe County Clerk's Office, which is located in downtown Santa Fe at 102 Grant Ave.
Absentee voting for the election has already begun. To participate, voters must request an application from the Santa Fe City Clerk's Office by calling any of the following numbers: (505) 955-6519, (505) 955-6520, (505) 955-6521 and (505) 955-6326. Applications for absentee voting must be received by the city clerk no later than 5pm on Feb. 28. Absentee ballots will be accepted until 7pm on March 4.
Early voting starts next Wednesday, Feb. 12, and will last through Feb. 28. It will be held from 8am-5pm at the city clerk's office in Room 215 at 200 Lincoln Ave. Early voters can park for free next door at the Santa Fe Community Convention Center.