Today is an historic day for voters in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Nearly ten years after approving an amendment to the city’s charter to implement ranked choice voting, voters today may request an absentee ballot for its March 6 election.
Five candidates are vying for the mayor’s office: City Councilor Peter Ives, school board member Kate Noble, Councilor Joseph Maestas, Councilor Ron Trujillo and entrepreneur Alan Webber. Of the four City Council districts in the city, three are being contested in the upcoming balloting. More info here.
To assist voter education on the RCV election, the city created a website, votedifferentsantafe.com.
FairVote New Mexico Director Maria Perez was a guest on a recent episode of the PBS program “New Mexico In Focus” to talk about the election and what citizens need to know about ranked choice voting.