ELECTIONS AND VOTING
GUIDELINES FOR ELECTIONS & VOTING
The District has regularly scheduled elections for the purpose of electing Board members and may schedule additional elections as needed (e.g., when ratepayer and taxpayer approval is needed for additional indebtedness). Below you will find general information about District elections.
Boundaries of the Eldorado Area & Sanitation District are governed by State law and are used to determine who is qualified to vote and/or serve in elected positions; for more information, see the boundary map and consult the EAWSD General Manager.
Terms for Board of Directors
Board Directors are elected to perform the duties of the office of Director of Eldorado Water & Sanitation District, including exercising the utmost good faith, business sense, and astuteness on behalf of the District. Each of the District's five Board Members serves a four-year, over-lapping term, meaning that generally every two years either three members or two members are elected to the Board. Vacancies on the Board are filled by appointment by the remaining directors, the appointee to serve until the next regular election, at which time the vacancy is filled by election for any remaining unexpired portion of the term.
Timing of Elections
Elections are held on the second Tuesday (after the first Monday) in November of odd-numbered years. The next election will be held on Tuesday, November 2, 2021.
Directors must be Qualified Electors (i.e., eligible voters) of the District as defined by State law. Per the newly enacted Local Election Act (LEA), passed by the New Mexico Legislature in 2018 (HB 98), and subsequent amendments adopted during the 2019 Legislative session, (HB 407), the legal definition of a Qualified Elector has changed. All prior legal definitions have been overridden.
What is a Qualified Elector? (i.e., eligible voters)
The new legal definition of a "Qualified Elector" as used in the Election Code and rules promulgated by the Secretary of State, means any resident of this state who is qualified to vote under the provision of the constitution of New Mexico and the constitution of the United States and includes any qualified resident; and as used in all other statutes and rules of New Mexico, unless otherwise defined, Qualified Elector means a "Voter" as that term is defined in Section 1-1-5 NMSA 1978. Therefore, a Qualified Elector is a voter who is registered to vote based on his/her address as registered, unless otherwise provided by law. Only Qualified Electors registered to vote in the Eldorado Area Water and Sanitation District (see the boundary map), will be afforded an opportunity to vote in the Regular Local Election (RLE).
Implementation of the Local Election Act helps provide clarity and transparency for voters, and encourages greater voter participation by providing for a single election day and a uniform process for certain Local Government Elections. The coordination and administration of all local elections is the responsibility of the NM Secretary of State in conjunction with Santa Fe County Clerk/Bureau of Elections office.
2019 Official Board Election Results
On Tuesday, November 5, 2019, a regular local election was held to elect three (3) Eldorado Area Water and Sanitation District ("District") Board positions whose terms are ending in December 2019. The nearest voting convenience center was the Max Coll Community Center in Eldorado. Polls were open from 7 AM to 7 PM and according to election workers that were onsite to help conduct the first regular local election under the newly implemented statewide Local Election Act, voter participation was quite active througout the day with little or no delays. At the end of the election day, and as certified by the New Mexico Secretary of State Bureau of Elections office, Board members for position numbers 1, 2 and 4 were elected as follows:
DIRECTOR POSITION #1
4-year term - (unopposed)
David W. Yard............................766 votes
DIRECTOR POSITION #2
4-year term - (unopposed)
John Calzada..............................739 votes
DIRECTOR POSITION #4
David W. Burling........................436 votes
Terry G. Warnell.........................359 votes
David W. Yard, John Calzada and David W. Burling were elected to the Board of Directors of the Eldorado Area Water and Sanitation District.
Director Positions #3, and #5, occupied by Elizabeth Roghair and Gregory Hart respectively, were not up for election.