County voters receive city ballots

Posted at: 11/02/2012 5:12 PM
Updated at: 11/02/2012 8:02 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

Bernalillo County election officials confirm that dozens of voters living outside the Albuquerque city limits have voted on ballots that were supposed to be for city voters only.

Things went wrong at the Tierra West trailer park just off Route 66 on Nine Mile Hill. It's in the county, not the city, but the address shows up as a city address in the voter database, so voters from Tierra West were issued ballots that included two propositions for city voters only.

One is the question of raising the city minimum wage to $8.50 an hour. The other is a $50 million bond issue for a new Paseo del Norte/I-25 interchange.

The county's chief election official said there is a way to solve this problem.

"It's one very specific ballot style that correlates to that particular area," said County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver. "We can separate those ballots out and when the city canvasses the election they can subtract those votes from the total numbers."

The votes on other issues and candidates would still be counted.

There are about 300 voters living at Tierra West, and polls show the two city ballot issues are likely to pass by a much larger margin than 300 votes.