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§ 2-4-13  FILING OF PETITIONS.
   (A)   The City Clerk shall accept a petition for filing only if the City Clerk has approved the form of the petition prior to circulation of the petition.
   (B)   Persons submitting petitions in accordance with Section 4, Article II of the City Charter shall collect all signatures on such petitions during the following periods in the year of the election:
      (1)   For Mayoral candidates who are seeking public financing, starting 199 days before the election, and ending 136 days before the election;
      (2)   For Mayoral candidates who are seeking private financing, starting 147 days before the election, and ending 84 days before the election;
      (3)   For Council candidates who are seeking public financing, starting 155 days before the election, and ending 120 days before the election; and
      (4)   For Council candidates who are seeking private financing, starting 119 days before the election, and ending 84 days before the election;
      (5)   If a candidate seeking public financing collected one or more petition signatures during a public financing petition gathering period, and later converts to a privately funded candidate, the candidate may only collect petition signatures during the public financing petition gathering period in which they began.
   (C)   Petitions gathered pursuant to the provisions of Subsection (B) shall be submitted to the City Clerk for verification every Tuesday by 12:00 p.m. during the petition gathering period.
      (1)   For Mayoral candidates seeking public financing, the final submission of petitions is due to the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. 136 days before the election.
      (2)   For Mayoral candidates seeking private financing, the final submission of petitions is due to the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. 84 days before the election.
      (3)   For Council candidates seeking public financing, the final submission of petitions is due to the City Clerk no later than 5:00 p.m. 120 days before the election.
      (4)   For Council candidates seeking private financing, the final submission of petitions is due no later than 5:00 p.m. 84 days before the election.
      (5)   Petition signatures that have not been submitted to the City Clerk within the timeframes set in Subsection (B) shall be deemed invalid and shall not be considered in any determination of candidate qualification.
   (D)   Persons submitting petitions in accordance with Section 1 or 3, Article III of the City Charter, or Article VI of the City Charter, shall do so within the 60-day limitation; provided, that parts of the petition may be submitted in three stages:
      (1)   The first part not more than 20 days after the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition;
      (2)   The second part not more than 40 days after the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition; and
      (3)   The third and final part of the petition shall be filed no later than 60 days after the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition.
   (E)   Persons submitting petitions in accordance with Section 2, Article III of the City Charter, shall do so within the 35-day limitation; provided, that parts of the petition shall be submitted in two stages:
      (1)   The first part not more than 15 days after the filing of the notice of intent to circulate a petition; and
      (2)   The second and final part of the petition shall be filed no later than 35 days after the filing of the notice of intent to circulate the petition.
   (F)   Applicant Candidates seeking public financing who are submitting petitions in accordance with Section 4, Article II of the City Charter shall file their Declaration of Candidacy and verified petitions with the County Clerk 14 days after the last day of the Qualifying Period.
   (G)   All such petitions shall be filed in the City Clerk's office during the regular business hours of that office. If the last day to file a petition falls on a Saturday, Sunday or city holiday, the time in which to file a petition shall be deemed to be extended to 5:00 p.m. on the next full business day following the Saturday, Sunday or holiday.
   (H)   All candidates who submitted a petition in accordance with Section 4, Article II of the City Charter shall file the results of the City Clerk's petition signature verification and their Declaration of Candidacy with the proper filing officer on the prescribed filing day in accordance with Section 1-22-3.2(D) NMSA 1978 or Section 1-22-7 NMSA 1978.
('74 Code, § 1-25-13)  (Ord. 18- 1993; Am. Ord. 46-2008; Am. Ord. 3-2009; Am. Ord. 2019-019; Am. Ord. 2020-019 ; Am. Ord. 2020-028)