Educators, You Have the Power! Vote Our Values!

If nothing else, this pandemic has brought the shared value of a greater good front and center, as we are reminded daily that we are “all in this together.”

Reflecting on the last six months, we are grateful that we’ve worked hard to get strong political leaders elected in our state and local governments. These leaders are proving to us that they have kept the greater good in mind with every decision they have made. Currently, we have a governor who has continued to fund our schools and has made sure that all public education employees maintain an income. We have elected state legislators who continue to investigate ways to support our communities, as the stakes are higher than they’ve ever been.

Now it’s time to vote in the General Election and it is critical that we continue to support and vote for leaders who share our values. We all value a better life and a better future for all of us—namely:

  • Good jobs;
  • Quality, affordable healthcare;
  • Great public schools;
  • Affordable college;
  • A secure retirement;
  • Environmental sustainability;
  • Equality for all;
  • Collective bargaining; and
  • A healthy democracy with justice for all.

When we vote, our shared values have a good chance of becoming future realities. That future is more at risk now than ever. Our democratic institutions are under attack by the current U.S. President and his administration. The glaring inequities that follow racial and class lines have been laid bare by this pandemic. The callousness and indifference of the Trump Administration to the suffering of our citizens has fueled a nation-wide focus on the need to fight against racism and fight for social justice for all Americans.

We must elect leaders who will stand by us and our families, as well as by our students and their families because the fight forward requires strong leadership.

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2020 ATF/AFT New Mexico/AFT/AFCP COPE Endorsements

Your union does not tell you how to vote. However, you can be sure that we have carefully vetted each candidate to ensure that our recommendations reflect individuals who most closely align with our goals of preserving and promoting public education, labor rights, and social justice. The endorsed incumbent candidates were recommended by the ATF Unified COPE committee based on their previous voting record. All new candidates have completed the ATF Unified COPE Questionnaire and have submitted to an interview with the ATF Unified COPE Interview Team. The endorsements were ratified by the ATF Fed Rep Council the first week of August 2020. All statewide endorsements and endorsements for candidates outside of Albuquerque/Bernalillo County were vetted by the AFT-NM COPE Committee. National endorsements are made by the American Federation of Teachers.

Thank you to the Unified COPE Interview Team: Sara Attleson, ATF COPE Chair, Kathy Chavez – AFCP President, Therese Saunders – AFTNM Retirees, James Macklin – Fine Arts, Chelsea O’Connell – John Baker Elementary, and Jorge Serrano – West Mesa High.

The candidates listed below are endorsed by the Albuquerque Teachers Federation, AFT NM, AFCP, and the American Federation of Teachers.

U.S. President/Vice President

Joe Biden/Kamala Harris

U.S. Senate

Ben Ray Lujan U.S. Senate

U.S. Congress:

Debra Haaland U.S. House of Representatives-District 1

Xochitl Torres Small U.S. House of Representatives-District 2

Teresa Leger-Fernandez, U.S. House of Representatives-District 3 –

New Mexico State Senate:

SD 9 Brenda McKenna

SD10 Katy Duhigg

SD11 Linda Lopez

SD12 Gerald Ortiz y Pino

SD13 William O’Neill

SD14 Michael Padilla

SD15 Daniel Ivey-Soto*

SD16 Antoinette Sedillo Lopez

SD17 Mimi Stewart *

SD18 William “Bill” Tallman

SD19 Claudia Risner

SD20 Martin Hickey

SD23 Harold Pope

SD26 Jacob Candelaria

SD29 Paul Baca

New Mexico State House of Representatives

HD 10 G. Andres Romero*

HD 11 Javier Martinez

HD 12 Brittney Barreras

HD 13 Patricia Roybal Caballero

HD 14 Miguel Garcia*

HD 15 Dayan “Day” Hochman

HD 16 No endorsement

HD 17 Deborah Armstrong

HD 18 Gail Chasey

HD 19 Sheryl Williams Stapleton*

HD 20 Meredith Dixon

HD 21 Debbie Sariñana*

HD 22 Jessica Velasquez

HD 23 Daymon Ely

HD 24 Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson*

HD 25 Christine Trujillo*

HD 26 Georgene Lewis

HD 27 Marian Matthews

HD 28 Melanie Stansbury

HD 29 Joy Garratt*

HD 30 Natalie Figueroa*

HD 31 Julie Ford Brenning

HD 44 Gary Tripp

HD 57 Billie Helean^

HD 68 Karen Bash

NM Judicial Races:

Supreme Court, Position 1: Shannon Bacon

Supreme Court, Position 2: David Thomson

Court of Appeals, Position 1: Zach Ives

Court of Appeals, Position 2: Shammara Henderson

Court of Appeals, Position 3: Jane Yohalem

*Denotes a current, retired or former member of Albuquerque Teachers Federation

^Denotes a current, retired or former member of AFT-NM

Keep this list handy for when you vote- whether absentee or in person.

Your union does not tell you how to vote. However, you can be sure that we have carefully vetted each candidate to ensure that our recommendations reflect individuals who most closely align with our values of preserving and promoting public education and labor rights.

Important Dates & Voting Information

September 14 Absentee Applications mailed from Bernalillo County Clerk. (All registered voters in the county who have not already requested an absentee APPLICATION.) This must be completed and mailed back to the County Clerk’s Office.

October 6 Absentee Ballots will be mailed to voters who have requested via an application.

October 6 Voter Registration Deadline to update and/or register for the November election.

October 6- 30 Absentee voting is open.

October 17-31 Early Voting Opens, Monday-Saturday 10am-7pm.

October 29 Deadline to request absentee ballot online.

 

November 3 General Election In-person voting will be open 7am-7pm.

Mailed ballots must be IN the County Clerk’s Office ON November 3.  A postmark of November 3 isn’t sufficient.  You don’t need to stamp them as they are pre-paid.

You may also drop them off personally at in-person voting locations by 7:00 pm.

 

Register New Voters Here.

 UPDATE VOTER REGISTRATION HERE.

 CHECK YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION HERE.

 

ABSENTEE VOTING INFORMATION

(Full directions for Absentee Voting)

There are options for voters to return their absentee ballot. And please note, whether you mail or hand deliver your absentee ballot, it must be prepared the same way: selections made on the ballot, ballot inserted into the privacy and mailing envelopes, voter signature and last 4 entered under the privacy flap, envelope sealed. Your absentee ballot will be rejected if these instructions are not followed.

By Mail

Voters may return their absentee ballot by mail. The consensus among election officials and the U.S. Postal Service is that ballots mailed from a Bernalillo County location on or before Oct. 27, 2020 will arrive by 7 p.m. on Election Day, Nov. 3, 2020. After Oct. 27, please hand deliver your ballot to ensure it arrives on time.

By Hand Delivery

Voters may return their absentee ballot by hand delivery. Please note that the absentee ballot must be prepared as if it were to be mailed (see above) or it will be rejected.

October 6-16, 2020 – Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

  • Clerk’s Annex – 1500 Lomas Blvd NW, Suite A
  • Expo NM – Enter fair grounds through Gate 3 at Copper and San Pedro and follow signs to drop off location in midway area next to the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Mobile Voting Unit.

October 17-31, 2020 

  • Any of the Early Voting Convenience Centers – Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Expo NM – Enter fair grounds through Gate 3 at Copper and San Pedro and follow signs to drop off location in midway area next to the Bernalillo County Clerk’s Mobile Voting Unit. – Monday to Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

November 3, 2020 – 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Any of the Election Day Voting Convenience Centers
  • Drop off location in front of City Hall on Marquette and 5th Street (drive in left lane west on Marquette from 3rd street, watch for signs and personnel). Voters will drop off their ballot through a car window and receive an “I Voted” sticker.

Please call (505) 243-VOTE (8683) with any questions regarding absentee voting in Bernalillo County.

 

EARLY IN-PERSON VOTING Locations

18 Early Voting Convenience Centers (EVCCs) will be open for the 2020 General Election – October 17, 2020 to October 31, 2020. Most locations open Monday to Saturday 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Same Day Registration will be available at 7 locations during Early Voting.

Voters may vote in-person or hand deliver a completed absentee ballot.

Clerk’s Annex – 1500 Lomas A NW (In-Person Absentee, Early Voting and Same Day Registration location)
Begins Tuesday, Oct. 6 and ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2019
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (During In-Person Absentee, Oct. 6-16, 2020)
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (During Early Voting, Oct. 17-31, 2020)

98th & Central – 120 98th St NW Suite B101 & B102
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Alameda West – 10131 Coors Blvd. NW Suite C-02
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Andalucia Shopping Center – 5600 Coors Blvd NW, Suite C-5
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Bernalillo County Visitor Center – 6080 Isleta Blvd. SW
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Caracol Plaza – 12500 Montgomery NE Suite 101
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Central Mercado – 301 San Pedro Dr. SE Suites B, C, D and E
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Daskalos Center – 5339 Menaul Blvd NE
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Desiderio Community Center – 117 Tribal Rd. 7036 To’Hajiilee
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Friday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Four Hills Shopping Center – 13140 Central Ave SE Suite 1420
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Holly Plaza Shopping Center – 6600 Holly NE Suite B-6
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Los Altos Plaza – 4200 Wyoming NE Suite B-3
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Los Ranchos Villa – 6601 4th St NW Suites E & F
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Petroglyph Plaza – 8201 Golf Course Rd NW Suite D-1
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

South Valley Multipurpose Senior Center – 2008 Larrazolo SW
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

The Shoppes at 6001 San Mateo – 6001 San Mateo NE Suite B-3
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Tijeras City Hall – 12 Camino Municipal, Tijeras, NM 87059
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

West Bluff Center – 5201 Ouray NW Suite D-2
Begins Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020 ends Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020
Monday – Saturday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

 

***Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Early Voting Sites are subject to change***

 

ELECTION DAY IN-PERSON VOTING LOCATIONS

70 Election Day Voting Convenience Centers will be open Tuesday, November 3, 2020 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. There is no Same Day Registration on Election Day.

Voters may vote in-person or hand deliver a completed absentee ballot.

Clerk’s Annex – 1500 Lomas NW, Suite A 87104

98th & Central – 120 98th St NW, Suite B101 & B102 87121

Alameda West – 10131 Coors Blvd. NW Suite C-02 87114

Andalucia Shopping Center – 5600 Coors Blvd NW, Suite C-5 87120

Bernalillo County Visitor Center – 6080 Isleta Blvd SW 87105

Caracol Plaza – 12500 Montgomery NE Suite 101 87111

Central Mercado – 301 San Pedro Dr. SE Suites B, C, D and E 87108

Daskalos Center – 5339 Menaul Blvd NE 87110

Desiderio Community Center – 117 Tribal Rd. 7036 To’Hajiilee 87026

Four Hills Shopping Center – 13140 Central Ave SE Suite 1420 87123

Holly Plaza Shopping Center – 6600 Holly Ave NE Suite B6 87113

Los Altos Plaza – 4200 Wyoming NE Suite B-3 87111

Los Ranchos Villa – 6601 4th St NW Suites E & F 87107

Petroglyph Plaza – 8201 Golf Course Rd NW Suite D1 87120

South Valley Multi Purpose Senior Center – 2008 Larrazolo Rd SW 87105

The Shoppes at 6001 San Mateo – 6001 San Mateo NE Suite B3 87109

Tijeras City Hall – 12 Camino Municipal, Tijeras, NM 87059

West Bluff – 5201 Ouray Rd NW Suite D-2 87120

  1. Montoya Elementary School– 24 Public School Rd, Tijeras, NM 87059

Adobe Acres Elementary School – 1724 Camino Del Valle SW 87105

Albuquerque High School – 800 Odelia Rd NE 87102

Arroyo Del Oso Elementary School – 6504 Harper Dr NE 87109

Bandelier Elementary School – 3309 Pershing Ave SE 87106

Bellehaven Elementary School – 8701 Princess Jeanne Ave NE 87112

Chaparral Elementary School – 6325 Milne Rd NW 87120

Cibola High School – 1510 Ellison Dr NW 87114

CNM Workforce Training Center – 5600 Eagle Rock Ave NE 87113

Del Norte High School – 5323 Montgomery Blvd NE 87110

Double Eagle Elementary School – 8901 Lowell Dr NE 87122

Duranes Elementary School – 2436 Zickert Rd NW 87104

Eisenhower Middle School – 11001 Camero Rd NE 87111

Eldorado High School – 11300 Montgomery Blvd NE 87111

Forest Meadow Baptist Church – 54 Hwy 217, Tijeras, NM 87059

Garfield Middle School – 3501 6th St NW 87107

Hayes Middle School – 1100 Texas St NE 87110

Herman Sanchez Community Center – 1830 William St SE 87102

Highland High School – 4700 Coal Ave SE 87108

Holiday Park Community Center – 11710 Comanche Rd NE 87111

Hubert H Humphrey Elementary School – 9801 Academy Hills Dr NE 87111

Jackson Middle School – 10600 Indian School Rd NE 87112

Jefferson Middle School – 712 Girard Blvd NE 87106

Kennedy Middle School – 721 Tomasita St NE 87123

La Cueva High School – 7801 Wilshire Ave NE 87122

La Mesa Elementary School – 7500 Copper Ave NE 87108

Lyndon B Johnson Middle School – 6811 Taylor Ranch Rd NW 87120

Madison Middle School – 3501 Moon St NE 87111

Manzano High School – 12200 Lomas Blvd NE 87112

Manzano Mesa Elementary School – 801 Elizabeth St SE 87123

Mckinley Middle School – 4500 Comanche Rd NE 87110

Montezuma Elementary School – 3100 Indian School Rd NE 87106

Mountain View Community Center – 201 Prosperity Ave SE 87105

North Star Elementary School – 9301 Ventura St NE 87122

Onate Elementary School – 12415 Brentwood Hills Blvd NE 87112

Pajarito Elementary School – 2701 Don Felipe Rd SW 87105

Polk Middle School – 2220 Raymac Rd SW 87105

Raymond G Sanchez Community Center – 9800 4th St NW 87114

Rio Grande High School – 2300 Arenal Rd SW 87105

Rudolfo Anaya Elementary School – 2800 Vermejo Park Dr SW 87121

Sandia High School – 7801 Candelaria Rd NE 87110

Taylor Middle School – 8200 Guadalupe Tr NW 87114

Truman Middle School – 9400 Benavides Rd SW 87121

Valle Vista Elementary School – 1700 Mae Ave SW 87105

Valley High School – 1505 Candelaria Rd NW 87107

Van Buren Middle School – 700 Louisiana Blvd SE 87108

Ventana Ranch Elementary School – 6801 Ventana Village Rd NW 87114

Vista Grande Community Center – 15 La Madera Rd, Sandia Park, NM 87047

Volcano Vista High School – 8100 Rainbow Blvd NW 87114

Washington Middle School – 1101 Park Ave SW 87102

West Mesa High School – 6701 Fortuna Rd NW 87121

Zuni Elementary School – 6300 Claremont Ave NE 87110

 

***Due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, Election Day Voting Sites are subject to change***