Municipal and School Board Election Dates May Move to November

Municipal and School Board Election Dates May Move to November

The Local Election Act, which took effect on July 1, gives municipalities a choice of continuing to hold their elections in odd years in March or to consolidate their elections into a November election in odd years.  All other nonpartisan elections, such as school board elections, will shift to November in odd number years beginning in 2019.  Primary and General elections for partisan races will continue to be held in even number years.

Bosque Farms has chosen to continue holding their municipal election in March of odd years.  Belen and Rio Communities are considering moving their elections to November of odd years, beginning in 2019.  Belen’s public hearing concerning the change will be held on Jan. 7 and Rio Communities’s public hearing will be held on Jan. 8.  Los Lunas is considering moving its elections to November of odd years, beginning in 2021.  On Jan. 8, 2019, Peralta will hold a workshop to discuss whether it should move its municipal elections to November.

For more information about the Local Election Act and its impact on our local elections click here to see the News-Bulletin article.

Clara Cates