April 2012 Runoff Election for District 4 & 6

The Rio Rancho Governing Body has approved the guidelines that will administer the city's runoff municipal election on Tuesday, April 17, 2012.

View adopted Runoff Election Resolution (MS Word).

Due to no candidate receiving more than 50 percent of the total votes cast in the city's March 6, 2012, regular municipal election for District 4 city councilor and District 6 city councilor, the candidates with the highest and second-highest vote totals from the regular election are subject to a runoff election.

In the runoff election, the candidates will be:

District 4 City Councilor, Four-Year Term

Mark S. Scott
Steven L. Shaw (Incumbent)

District 6 City Councilor, Four-Year Term

Lonnie Clayton
Kathleen M. Colley (Incumbent)

Only registered voters residing in District 4 and District 6 may vote in the runoff election.

Election Day Voting

Voters on Election Day, April 17, 2012, will be able to cast their ballot at any of 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
  • Meadowlark Senior Center, 4330 Meadowlark Lane
  • Mountain View Middle School, 4101 Montreal Loop
  • Soul Rio Community Church, 2003 Southern Blvd.

Early and Absentee Voting

Early voting will be conducted at Rio Rancho City Hall during the hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, from March 28 through April 13, 2012.

Applications for absentee ballots can only be obtained from Rio Rancho's Office of the City Clerk beginning March 15, 2012. Absentee ballot applications must be completed and accepted by the Office of the City Clerk by 5 p.m. on April 13, 2012.

Completed absentee ballots can be returned to the Office of the City Clerk via 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 April 17, 2012.

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 March 16 through April 13, 2012.

Voter Registration

City of Rio Rancho residents 18 years of age and older who wish to vote in the runoff election and are not already registered to vote must register with the Sandoval County Clerk's Office no later than 5 p.m. on March 20, 2012.

For more information about registering to vote, the Sandoval County Clerk's Office can be reached at (505) 867-7572, or on the Sandoval County website.


Those who have questions regarding absentee, early and Election Day voting can contact Rio Rancho's Office of the City Clerk at (505) 891-5004.

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