City clerk verifies petition to put abortion ban on Albuquerque ballot

Posted at: 08/27/2013 12:05 PM
Updated at: 08/27/2013 12:19 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

ALBUQUERQUE -- The Albuquerque City Clerk's Office has verified enough petition signatures to put a late-term abortion ban up for a vote in the city.

The clerk's office confirmed to KOB Eyewitness News 4 that the city accepted the 12,261st signature on Tuesday, which is the exact number needed to take the issue to the voters.

The ban won't be seen in the city's general election in October, however. Last week, the clerk missed the deadline to get the issue to the city council, who has to approve a resolution in order to get the question on the ballot. The clerk's office had only verified 9,000 signatures at that time.

Voters could still decide on the ban through a special election, but it could cost the city hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The city council will still need to give the final approval before the ban can be decided by voters.