DEADLINE: Candidate Filing Day is August 24, 2021

by | Aug 23, 2021

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Local election candidacy must be filed by Tuesday, August 24, 2021 or, for write in candidacies, August 31, 2021.

August 24, 2021: CANDIDATE FILING DAY A candidate for a position that will be filled at a local election shall file a declaration of candidacy with the proper filing officer (County Clerk’s Office) during the period commencing at 9:00 a.m. on the seventieth (70) day before the date of the local election and ending at 5:00 p.m. on the same day. NMSA 1978, § 1-22-7(A). • A candidate shall file for only one position in the same local government but may file for a position in more than one local government on the same filing day. NMSA 1978, § 1-22-7(B). • A declaration of candidacy shall not be amended after it has been filed. NMSA 1978, § 1-22-7(C). • Each declaration of candidacy shall be delivered for filing in person by the eligible candidate or by a person acting by virtue of written authorization. The proper filing officer shall not accept for filing from any one individual more than one declaration of c andidacy. NMSA 1978, § 1-22-7(D). • No person shall become a candidate in a local election unless the person’s record of voter registration shows that the person is a qualified elector of the state, physically resides in the district in which the person is a candidate and was registered to vote in the district on the date the proclamation calling a local election is filed in the office of the secretary of state. NMSA 1978, § 1-22-3(B). August 31, 2021: • A person desiring to be a write-in candidate for an office shall file with the proper filing officer a declaration of candidacy. The declaration shall be filed between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. on the sixty-third (63) day preceding the date of the election. The county clerk shall ensure that a declaration of candidacy filed pursuant to this section specifies that it is for a write-in candidate. NMSA 1978, § 1-22-8.1(C). August 31, 2021: • A candidate seeking to withdraw from a local election shall withdraw no later than the sixty-third (63) day before that election by filing a signed and notarized statement of withdrawal with the proper filing officer. NMSA 1978, § 1-10-6(C).