Rio Rancho Special Election Aug 20th, 2013

Posted by an individual member for public information purposes. Information is provided in the spirit of our 5th Principle: The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large, and UUWC does not endorse any particular position.

Office of the City Clerk to Issue FREE Voter Photo Identification Cards at Multiple Locations The Rio Rancho Office of the City Clerk will issue free voter photo identification cards for those who do not already have photo identification at different locations in advance of the city’s Aug. 20 special municipal election. Additional Info…

August 2013 Special Election

The Rio Rancho Governing Body has approved holding a municipal special election on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.  On the ballot for voter consideration will be the following question:

“Shall the City of Rio Rancho reduce the rate of Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax approved by voters on March 4, 2008, currently imposed at the rate of one-fourth (1/4) of one percent (1%) to the rate of one-eighth (1/8) of one percent (1%)?”

YES   For Reduction of Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax 
        

         NO    Against Reduction of Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax

For more issue info click Democratic Party of Sandoval County or ABQ Journal
Election Day Voting

Voters on Election Day (Aug. 20, 2013) will be able to cast their ballot at any of the four polling locations, or voting convenience centers, that will be available.  Voting convenience center locations on Election Day will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., and will include:

  • Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle NE, 87144
  • Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane, 87124
  • Mountain View Middle School, 4101 Montreal Loop NE, 87144
  • Soul Rio Community Church, 2003 Southern Blvd. SE, Suite 128-131, 87124

Absentee Voting

Applications for absentee ballots may be obtained only from the Office of the City Clerk at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle, Suite 150, beginning July 16, 2013.  All applications for an absentee ballot must be completed and accepted by the City Clerk prior to 5 p.m., on Aug. 16, 2013.

The City Clerk will accept completed absentee ballots delivered by mail, in person by the voter casting the absentee ballot, by a member of the voter’s immediate family, or by the caregiver to the voter until 7 p.m. on Aug. 20, 2013.

Absentee ballots may be marked in person in the Office of the City Clerk at Rio Rancho City Hall during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, from July 16, 2013, through Aug. 16, 2013.

Early Voting

Early voting will be available at Rio Rancho City Hall during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, from July 23, 2013, through Aug. 16, 2013.

Voter Registration

City of Rio Rancho residents 18 years of age and older who wish to vote in this special election, and are not already registered, must register with their respective County Clerk’s Office (Sandoval of Bernalillo) on or before 5 p.m. on July 23, 2013, provided, however, that the County Clerk shall accept for filing certificates of registration that are hand-delivered before 5 p.m. on July 23, 2013, or that are postmarked no later than July 23, 2013.

For more information about registering to vote, the Sandoval County Clerk’s Office can be reached at (505) 867-7572, or online at http://www.sandovalcounty.com.

The Bernalillo County Clerk’s Office can be reached at (505) 243-8683, or online at http://www.bernco.gov/clerk.

Voter Photo Identification

Per changes approved by voters to the city’s Charter in March 2012, photo identification is now required for municipal elections in Rio Rancho.  The Aug. 20, 2013, special election will be the city’s first municipal election with this requirement in place.

Per city ordinance adopted by the Rio Rancho Governing Body, the following is information regarding voter photo identification for Rio Rancho municipal elections:

  • When a voter approaches the election polling place seeking to vote, the voter must identify herself or himself audibly by name. The Municipal Election Clerk shall locate the registered voter’s name as spoken and ask the individual seeking to vote for one current identification card containing the voter’s name and photograph.
  • Such photo identification card may include any card issued by a government agency, driver’s license, student identification card, commercial transaction card (such as a credit or debit card), insurance card, union card, a professional association card or a voter identification card issued by the Rio Rancho City Clerk.
  • If the individual is unable to provide a photo identification card, she or he shall be allowed to vote on a conditional ballot, but only if she or he swears or affirms under penalty of perjury in an affidavit provided by the City Clerk that she or he is the registered voter listed on the voter registration rolls at the precinct at which she or he presented herself or himself to vote and provides her or his date of birth and the last four digits of her or his Social Security number.
  • Conditional ballots shall be issued for no other reason than the failure to present photo identification. Conditional ballots shall be counted only by the Canvassing Board and only on the voter’s presentation to the City Clerk within the three-day canvassing period one of the photo identification cards described in this section. The Canvassing Board shall also verify that the voter who cast the provisional ballot was registered to vote for the election and did not vote elsewhere in the same election. If a voter who cast a conditional ballot under this section swears or affirms under penalty of perjury in an affidavit provided by the City Clerk within the three-day canvassing period that she or he has a religious objection to being photographed, such voter shall not be required to submit photo identification. The Canvassing Board shall otherwise verify that the conditional ballot was valid.
  • Voter photo identification cards shall be issued by the City Clerk without charge to any voter who presents any two of the following identification documents that show the name and address of the voter: a state-issued identification card, Social Security card, student identification card, library card, insurance card, selective service card, union card, professional association card, utility bill, bank statement, government check or a paycheck. If the individual is unable to present any two of these documents to the City Clerk, then the voter shall swear or affirm in writing under penalty of perjury that she or he is the registered voter and shall be issued a voter photo identification card upon confirmation with the County Clerk that such person is registered to vote. The City Clerk issued photo identification card shall state on its face that it shall not be valid for identification other than for the purpose of voting in city of Rio Rancho municipal elections and shall not be valid if the voter is subsequently purged from the voter rolls.
  • A free city-issued voter photo identification card can be obtained at the Office of the City Clerk at Rio Rancho City Hall, 3200 Civic Center Circle, now through Aug. 16, 2013, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Questions

For questions regarding absentee, early and Election Day voting, or obtaining a city-issued voter photo identification card, please contact the Rio Rancho Office of the City Clerk at (505) 891-5004.

Other Information

If voters approve reducing the Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax at this special election, the reduction in the city’s current overall Gross Receipts Tax rate would take effect on Jan. 1, 2014 (from 7.4375% reduced to 7.325%).

District 1 City Councilor Chuck Wilkins, who sponsored bringing forward the resolution to hold a special election the Governing Body approved, has previously and publicly communicated that should voters approve reducing the Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax at this election, he would sponsor an ordinance seeking Governing Body approval to put into place a new 1/8 of 1% Gross Receipts Tax specifically dedicated to public safety (police and fire/emergency medical services).

If the Governing Body were to approve Councilor Wilkins’ ordinance to impose a new 1/8 of 1% Gross Receipts Tax for public safety, the change in the tax rate would go into effect on Jan. 1, 2014. The city’s current overall Gross Receipts Tax rate of 7.4375% would remain the same because of the 1/8 of 1% reduction in Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax that would take effect at the same time.  For additional information/detail about the Municipal Higher Education Facilities Gross Receipts Tax, its history to date, and data related to the ordinance Councilor Wilkins would seek Governing Body approval for to put into place a new 1/8 of 1% Gross Receipts Tax specifically dedicated to public safety (police and fire/emergency medical services), view the agenda briefing memo that accompanied the election resolution.

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Sat Aug 3rd, 10am – Rally at the Rio! to put Climate Change back in the Spotlight

In the spirit of UU Principles 5 – 7:

  • The right of conscience and the use of the democratic process within our congregations and in society at large;
  • The goal of world community with peace, liberty, and justice for all;
  • Respect for the interdependent web of all existence of which we are a part.

Will you join us on August 3rd to put climate change back in the spotlight? In the heat of the summer, more than a dozen local environmental groups are coming together to send the message that we have a moral obligation to deal with this issue NOW.

WHAT: Rally at the Rio!
WHEN: Saturday, August 3rd, 10:00AM
WHERE: 2700 Central Ave SW, Abq, NM (near the BioPark)

Please click here to RSVP.

Our rally is just one of many actions happening this summer as part of the national Summer Heat mobilization. From tar-sands-free flotillas to civil disobedience, folks across the country are braving the summer heat to call for climate action. August 3rd is our chance to be part of the uprising.

Let’s make our Rally at the Rio huge. Bring a friend, and help spread the word on Facebook too. For more information and a printable event flyer, visit www.abqclimateaction.us.

See you there,

Bill Balassi & 350NM

Westside Forum

Saturday, May 18th 2013, 3pm

at Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation

1650 Abrazo Road NE, Rio Rancho, NM

 

PawsandStripes

Mark Valvo, Paws and Stripes

A Rio Rancho based organization providing service dogs for military veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury

With the support of Paws and Stripes, veterans choose a local orphan dog (dogs at kill shelters are prioritized) and the orphan/Vet team is provided with individualized training to enrich both their lives.

 

 

 

 

 

“We help veterans so they can live the full and rich lives they deserve.”

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards.”

-Theodore Roosevelt

                                                                                                   

Westside Forum™ is a project of Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation’s Social Action Committee.

The Forum is a non-partisan service to the community at large.

 

All are welcome.  FREE, donations gratefully accepted.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that embraces theological diversity; we welcome different beliefs, affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and work for social and environmental justice

 

Contact:  Priscilla at (505) 896-8192 or office@uuwestside.org

 

Westside Forum April, 2013

WESTSIDE FORUM™

SATURDAY, APRIL 20TH 2013, 3PM
at Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation
1650 Abrazo Road NE, Rio Rancho, NM

Viki Harrison of Common Cause NM CommonCauseNM_logo

provides a wrap up of the 2013 NM Legislative Session
With discussion on what’s next.

Viki Harrison is Common Cause New Mexico’s Executive Director, where she manages the state office in Albuquerque, organizes and coordinates legislative programs, conducts research, directs fundraising initiatives and serves as a lobbyist. Before joining Common Cause, Viki was the Executive Director of NM Repeal, where she led the winning campaign in New Mexico to abolish the death penalty. Earlier in her career she was the Program Manager for Animal Protection of New Mexico, and part of the team that successfully banned cockfighting in NM.

Ms. Harrison has extensive knowledge of the legislative process in New Mexico, having successfully lobbied in NM since 1997 on the local and state level. Viki graduated summa cum laude from the UNM with BA’s in Women’s Studies and African American Studies.

Westside Forum™ is a project of Unitarian Universalist Westside Congregation’s Social Action Committee.

The Forum is a non-partisan service to the community at large.

 

All are welcome.  FREE, donations gratefully accepted.

Unitarian Universalism is a liberal religion that embraces theological diversity; we welcome different beliefs, affirm the inherent worth and dignity of every person, and work for social and environmental justice

 

Contact:  Priscilla at (505) 896-8192 or office@uuwestside.org