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File #: O-22-42   
Type: Ordinance Status: Failed
File created: 10/3/2022 In control: City Council
Final action: 11/21/2022
Enactment date: Enactment #:
Title: Ranked Choice Voting Deleting And Replacing Article Ii, Sections 7 And 8 Of The City Charter (Benton, Fiebelkorn by request)
Sponsors: Isaac Benton (By Request), Tammy Fiebelkorn (By Request)
Attachments: 1. O-42
Date Action ByActionResultAction Details
11/21/2022 City Council MotionFail Action details
11/21/2022 City Council Accepted with a Recommendation of Do Not Pass  Action details
11/14/2022 Finance & Government Operations Committee Sent to Council with a recommendation of Do Not PassPass Action details
11/14/2022 Finance & Government Operations Committee Sent to Council Without RecommendationFail Action details
10/24/2022 Finance & Government Operations Committee PostponedPass Action details
10/3/2022 City Council Introduced and Referred  Action details
10/3/2022 President Referred  Action details
CITY of ALBUQUERQUE
TWENTY FIFTH COUNCIL


COUNCIL BILL NO. O-22-42 ENACTMENT NO. ________________________

SPONSORED BY: Isaac Benton and Tammy Fiebelkorn, by request

ORDINANCE
Title
Ranked Choice Voting Deleting And Replacing Article Ii, Sections 7 And 8 Of The City Charter (Benton, Fiebelkorn by request)
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WHEREAS, the City of Albuquerque City Charter includes an election provision requiring elected office holders to receive at least 50% of the total number of votes cast for their respective office in order to be elected stating:
"Those persons who are candidates for Mayor or Councilor and receive the largest number of votes cast for the office in question are elected, provided the number of votes equals or exceeds 50% of the total number of votes cast for the office;" and
WHEREAS, at present, if no candidate for office meets the 50% threshold required by the Charter, a runoff election must be held within 45 days where the two candidates with the highest number of votes cast are placed on the ballot; and
WHEREAS, since the runoff provisions have been in place, the City has been required to hold four runoff elections, including a runoff election in 2013 for Council District 7 (which included a city-wide election in order to also accommodate a ballot initiative) which cost the City $667,045, a Mayoral runoff election in 2017 which cost the City $840,890, a City Council runoff election in 2019 which cost the City $368,675, and two City Council runoff elections in 2021 which cost the City $610,424[AVH1]; and
WHEREAS, in contrast to the City's current post-election runoff system, a ranked choice voting system would provide voters the opportunity to rank candidates by preference on their ballots during regular local elections; and
WHEREAS, a ranked choice voting system, also commonly referred to as an "instant runoff" would help eliminate costly separate runoff elections in the City, and avoid the runoff in the middle of the...

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