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Local Leagues in New Mexico


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What we do

The League of Women Voters has worked since 1920 to improve local, state and national government and strengthen our communities through citizen education and action.

The League of Women Voters is nonpartisan; it never supports or opposes candidates or political parties. The League does take action on issues of importance to its members and the community, after studying them in-depth.

Bills We're Tracking

To see the bills we're supporting or opposing during New Mexico's 2017 legislative session, see our Legislative Tracking Page.

Annual Citizen Advocacy Workshop Video Online

The video for the League's Annual Workshop: "*Effective Citizen Advocacy at the Legislature", held Saturday, December 10, is now online. Speakers include Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe, District 25), Representative Jimmie Hall (R-Bernalillo, District 28), and Minda McGonagle of McGonagle Public Relations Consulting Duo, LLC.

For more background on citizen advocacy, see our Action page. Logo of La Palabra

Latest La Palabra

The Winter 2017 La Palabra (PDF, 1.6 MB) is out.

Highlights: League Day at the Legislature & Legislative Reception; Women's History Month Celebration; New Mexico: a Role Model for the Country; New Charter School Regulation Position; Advocacy Workshop Recap; Information on the Biennial Convention in May.

Keep up to date by reading La Palabra!

For issues of La Palabra dating back to 2005, see the Newsletters page.


Recent LWVNM News

League Convention, Hilton Hotel, Santa Fe, May 20-21, 2017

Members are invited as delegates and observers to participate in our biennial Convention. Complete details will appear in the March La Palabra . Henrietta Saunders, LWVUS Treasurer and liaison to LWVNM opens the Convention at the noon luncheon. Valerie Plame is the Saturday banquet speaker. Registration including luncheon is $75 before April 20. Banquet tickets are $50. Please send your check to LWVSFC, 1472 St. Francis Drive, Santa Fe, NM 87505. Questions? Contact league@lwvsfc.org or 505 982-9766. Historic Hilton Hotel Reservations 1-800-774-1500 / 505-988-2811. Use LWV for discount code.

It has come to our attention that the Governor has instructed the New Mexico State Police to use state funds to inquire about immigration status after an arrest (and before any conviction occurs).

The LWVNM Board of Directors is discussing a resolution stating that we oppose this measure. Stay tuned for the exact wording of the resolution.

2017 Legislative Priorities

Our 2017 Legislative Tracking Sheet is up, listing our priorities during the 2017 session. It will be regularly updated during the session.

LWVNM wins 2016 Common Cause NM "Best in Government"

November, 2016: LWVNM wins 2016 Common Cause NM "Best in Government" recognition for our efforts to improve democracy. Common Cause NM is our closest partner in advocating for ethics and campaign finance reform, reducing the influence of money in politics, fair redistricting practices, and improvements in elections. We're honored and look forward to even closer collaboration in the 2017 session!

League State Board approves Charter School Regulation Position

November 12, 2016: The new Charter School Regulation position is the result of an intensive two-year study and consensus meetings around the state. This position will be used for advocacy during the 2017 Legislative Session and will be a component of the existing LWVNM Education position when ratified at Convention, May 20-21, in Santa Fe.

For older news items, see the LWVNM News page.

How to Contact Your Legislator

Want to connect with your legislator? Use Find My Legislator on the New Mexico Legislator website.

Want to reach NM’s Congressional delegation? The Congressional toll-free number is 1-866-727-4894 . Just ask for your representative or senator. Please remember that you are speaking as an individual and not for the League.

Are you registered to vote?

In order to register to vote in New Mexico, you must be a U.S. citizen with a social security number and be at least 18 years of age on or before the next election, with two exceptions:

Registration is open until 28 days before an election. You can register online at the NM Secretary of State's website, sos.state.nm.us with your social security number and your NM driver's license or non-driver's license ID. You can also register to vote at your local County Clerk's office and at the many other locations listed on http://www.sos.state.nm.us

For more information, visit the Secretary of State's NM Voter Information page.

To confirm your registration, find out your precinct, district, and other voting information, visit Voter View.

For other information on the 2016 election, visit our Election Information page.


About the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League never endorses or opposes candidates or parties. We advocate for policies based on our positions on issues.

At the same time, the League takes policy positions after thorough study, and works to influence policy through education and advocacy. It is the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of its members across the country.

Membership is open to all residents of the United States, both women and men, who are 16 years or older. In New Mexico, there are four local leagues. All local members are automatically members of LWVNM as well as the national League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). New Mexicans who do not live near any of the existing local leagues may join LWVNM as a member at large.

Find out more about us and check our calendar for upcoming events.