For over 100 years EBID has been the steward of the surface water of New Mexico's portion of the Rio Grande Project. We operate and maintain the system for EBID members in the Rincon and Mesilla Valleys, continually improving efficiencies to meet the needs of those we serve and keep costs low, while our commitment to protecting the interests of our members remains steadfast. Our mission is – and always has been – to efficiently deliver surface water to our members with professionalism and respect.
This notice is to inform you of the upcoming election for the Board of Directors for the Elephant Butte Irrigation District, and to provide you with information regarding how you may exercise your right to vote. Election Day will be Tuesday December 7, 2021. Polls will be open from 8:00am until 6:00pm. Those persons waiting in line at the time of closing of the polls at 6:00pm will be allowed to vote, but anyone showing up after the closing of the polls will not be able to vote.
There will be three polling locations throughout the district:
EBID Members may vote one of two ways, by Absent Vote prior to Election Day or in person on Election Day. To vote, a person must be a “qualified elector” as that term is defined in New Mexico law. The law provides that the following persons are “qualified electors”:
1. A resident individual who is 18 years or older, a United States citizen, and who owns or has evidence of title to two (2) or more acres of agricultural lands within the district; and
2. A corporation organized under the laws of the State of New Mexico and owning two acres or more of agricultural land within the district (a corporation’s vote may be exercised by its President or another person designated by the corporation’s Board of Directors).
To vote by Absent Vote ahead of Election Day, a qualified elector may request an absent ballot from the EBID Executive Secretary, Naomi Ontiveros. Ms. Ontiveros may be reached by phone at 575-993-2429 or in person at EBID. Specific instructions regarding how and when to properly return the ballot to EBID will be provided when a ballot is provided. Failure to follow these instructions may result in disqualification of your ballot and failure to count your vote.
Voting on Election Day shall be handled the same as for all prior elections. As a reminder, husband and wife owners of two acres or more may both vote as representatives of the same property so long as they are both listed as owners within the EBID Land Records. Each partner in a Partnership may vote so long as they are both listed as owners within the EBID Land Records. Persons purchasing property under Real Estate Contract may vote and are advised to bring a copy of their Real Estate Contract as evidence of their right vote in the event EBID does not have record of such. Said Real Estate Contract must be surrendered to EBID upon receipt of a ballot if requested by the Election Judge. Corporations and Trusts may vote by bringing the enclosed “Designation of Corporate/Trust Representative” to the polling location. Please note, Corporations and Trusts will not be allowed to vote without this document, which must be surrendered to EBID upon receipt of a ballot. The only change from past years is that voters will only be allowed to vote one time, regardless of how many farm accounts they hold, whether individually or through corporations, trusts, or other legal entities.
Please have your Customer ID number available when showing up to vote, as that is one way Election personnel will be able to locate your information to allow you to vote. Should any issue arise regarding your qualification to vote, you will be allowed to vote on a Provisional Ballot, and those ballots will be qualified separately to determine whether they should be counted in the Canvass. The Canvass for the Election will occur on Monday, December 13, 2021 beginning at 9:00am in the EBID Board Room.
If you have any questions related to the upcoming Election, please contact EBID’s Executive Secretary, Naomi Ontiveros at 575-993-2429.