Informed, Registered Voters Make Wise Decisions for Santa Fe
The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County is setting up Voter Registration and Rank Choice Voting Information opportunities prior to the upcoming Santa Fe Municipal Election, March 6th. Voter registration deadline is Tuesday, February 6th.
Plan to come with your questions about Where, When, and How to Vote:
County Clerk Office on Grant Street early voting only open M-Fri.
Where do they Stand? Ask Them!
The League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County is hosting two candidate forums to help the public learn more about the candidates’ views on key issues facing Santa Fe. Please plan to attend as there will be an opportunity to submit your questions to the candidates.
City Launches Voter Outreach Campaign for First Ranked Choice Election
Santa Fe, NM (Dec. 20, 2017) Matt Ross, Public Information
In preparation for its first ranked choice election, the City of Santa Fe is launching a Vote Different Santa Fe campaign so voters know what to expect when they step into the voting booth this spring.
The campaign will use a variety of public outreach and interactive initiatives to educate the public about how ranked voting works. Santa Fe’s March 6 municipal elections will mark the first time the system is used in a New Mexico election.
Community engagement efforts will include multiple community forums, a mock election using unique New Mexico-inspired characters as candidates, social media outreach, a website with interactive online demonstrations, traditional media outreach and advertising, how-to videos and customer service ambassadors.
The Vote Different Santa Fe campaign uses five animal-inspired candidates (Betty Bear, Felix Fox, Lucinda Lizard, Roberto Rabbit, Diego Deer and Olivia Owl) to illustrate in a non-biased and relatable way how easy the new ranked choice voting ballot is. Materials will be in both English and Spanish.
Messages are aimed at informing voters about how, where and when to vote, as well as links to important voter registration information.
“Our goal is to have an interactive community conversation about the new voting system,” said Mayor Javier M. Gonzales. He added, “We want everyone to have the opportunity to practice voting, ask questions and build momentum for voter turnout.”
The City has contracted with PK Public Relations, a Santa Fe-based integrated marketing company, and a team of talented local Santa Fe designers and marketers to develop the campaign.
Basic introductory information is now available for voters on www.votedifferentsantafe.com. More information, tools, and features will be added to the website throughout the campaign, so the City encourages voters to check back often and use the website a central hub for information.
Bond Elections for Santa Fe Schools and Santa Fe Community College
The Santa Fe Public Schools and the Santa Fe Community College will both have bond elections on February 6, 2018. Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m-7:00 p.m. Early voting begins January 17th and ends February 3rd, 8:00 a.m-5:00p.m. Last day to register to vote in this Election is January 9.
Highlights of the Proposed Election Resolutions:
For Santa Fe Public Schools, the issue is whether to continue the current levy of $2 per $1,000 until 2023 ($400 a year for a $200,000 home). Purpose is public school buildings and maintenance, purchase of activity vehicles, computer software and hardware.
For Santa Fe Community College, the issue is whether the existing property tax levy will increase by 35 cents per $1,000 of net taxable value. This increases property tax on a $200,000 home by $70 a year. The proposed use is for an automotive center, buildings and property improvements, and computer hardware and software.