2020 Municipal Election Brochure
2020 Municipal Election
The City of Hobbs will be having a municipal election on March 3, 2020, to fill the following positions:
- ONE - Mayor for a four-year term
- ONE - City Commissioner, District 1, for a four-year term
- ONE - City Commissioner, District 2, for a four-year term
- ONE - City Commissioner, District 3, for a four-year term
- ONE - Municipal Judge, at large, to fill unexpired four-year term
February 4, 2020 is the deadline to register to vote or update an existing registration.
Absentee Voting by Mail – Hobbs City Clerk’s Office, 200 E. Broadway
February 4 - 28, 2020
For absentee ballot applications, please call the City Clerk’s Office at 397-9200 or the button below for an electronic absentee application.
Absentee Ballot Application
Print and mail or deliver in person to the City Clerk's Office
February 4 – 28, 2020 (Monday – Friday, 8 am to 5 pm)
February 29, 2020 (Saturday only, 10 am to 6 pm)
Alternate Early Voting - Lea County Office Annex, 1019 E. Bender
February 15 – 29, 2020 (Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm)
Candidate filing date is Tuesday, January 7, 2020, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. in the City Clerk’s Office at City Hall.
PROPOSITION NO. 1
Shall the City Charter be amended to remove the 180-day residency requirement for candidates as required by the N. M. Constitution?
PROPOSITION NO. 2
Shall the City Charter be amended to remove the requirement for runoff elections and, thus, the single candidate with the highest number of votes for an office shall be declared the winner?
PROPOSITION NO. 3
Shall the City Charter be amended to add the power to the City Commission to provide advice and consent by resolution regarding the termination of the City Attorney?
PROPOSITION NO. 4
Shall the City Charter be amended to remove the specific recall provisions for the Mayor and any City Commissioner and provide for recall election as set forth in the Recall Act in the New Mexico State Statutes?
PROPOSITION NO. 5
Shall the City Charter be amended to add a new section providing that wherever the masculine gender is used in the Charter, it shall be construed to include the feminine?
Sample Election Ballots
Are you not sure which Commissioner represents your district? Reference the map below to find out which District you live in.
Deputy City Clerk
Notice of Election Pursuant to 1-11-2 and 1-11-3
Election School Notice
Notice of Preparation and Testing of Voting Machines
Reso No. 6888 - Approving Charter Amendment Questions for the Ballot 3-3-20
Candidate Filing Day - Candidate Names (.pdf)
Election Board Notice
Election Proclamation with Early-Absentee Voting Dates (English and Spanish)
Reso No. 6870
- Calling for MOE election 3/3/20 (.pdf)
2020 Election Proclamation
- English and Spanish (.pdf)
How to Register to Vote
For instructions on how to register to vote, please visit the New Mexico Secretary of State Voter Services webpage, linked below:
My Voter Information
Use the search at the link below to look up your voter registration information and voting districts:My Voter Information Portal »
Photo Identification RequirementsVoter Photo Identification Required in Hobbs Municipal Elections
City Charter requires municipal election voters to identify themselves to the Election Clerk at the polling place. Once the voter is verified as a registered and qualified voter, the voter must present photo identification.
Accepted Identification (containing the voter's name and photo):
- Any card issued by a government agency containing the voter's name and photo
- Driver's License
- Student Identification Card
- Credit or Debit Card
- Insurance Card
- Union Membership Card
- Professional Association Card
- Voter Identification Card issued by the Hobbs City Clerk
If you do not have any type of photo identification and are in need of a voter photo identification card to vote, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (575) 397-9200 for details on how to obtain one.
If no candidate receives at least forty percent (40%) of the votes cast for a particular office, a runoff election shall be held within forty-five (45) days after certification of the results of the election. The two (2) qualified candidates who receive the highest number of votes cast for the office shall automatically become the candidates in a runoff election without filing a declaration of candidacy.
The Commission shall, by resolution, fix the day of the runoff election and specify the offices to be filled and the names of the candidates therefor. The resolution shall be published once, at least seven (7) days before the runoff election date. No other publications are required in connection with runoff elections. Eligibility to vote in a runoff election shall be the same as in the original election for the particular office and only such voting precincts and procedures will be reactivated as are necessary to accommodate any runoff race.
Placement of Election Signs Within City of Hobbs
For information about the policy regarding the placement of election signs for upcoming elections, please see Chapter 15.32 of the Municipal Code.
All signs are required to be placed on private property. It is recommended that permission be obtained from the private property owner prior to placement of election signs at private locations. A sign permit is not required by the City of Hobbs for temporary signs, which includes political / election signs.
Chapter 15.32 of the Municipal Code does not allow any type of election signs or banners to be placed on public property or within public street or alley rights-of way. The distances from the back of curb of a City street to the outside edge of the right-of-way line vary from nine and a half (9.5) to forty (40) feet. Please contact the Engineering Department to verify the right-of-way line location before you place any signs along City streets.
If signs are found to be in the City right-of-way, the candidate will be notified and will be allowed 24 hours to relocate the sign to a proper location. Signs remaining in the right-of-way after the 24 hour notice will be removed by City employees and delivered to the Street Department Yard for retrieval by the candidate within 30 days; if not retrieved within 30 days, the signs will be disposed of as abandoned property.