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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.* Registration is open until 28 days before an election. You can register to vote online or update your registration through the NM Secretary of State's website if you have a NM driver's license or a NM state-ID issued by the NM Motor Vehicles Division. To register online and for more information, visit the NM Voter Information page.

To confirm your registration, find out your precinct, district, and other voting information, visit Voter View. You can also register through a voter registrar or by going to your County Clerk's office or other voter registration site, such as a library or college.

(*) Two exceptions:

  1. An individual who has been legally declared mentally incapacitated may not register.
  2. An individual who has been convicted of a felony offense loses the right to vote while completing the terms and conditions imposed by the court. After completing the felony sentence, the individual must re-register to vote.
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Latest La Palabra

The Winter 2016 issue (PDF, 770 KB) is out. Includes articles on League Day/Legislative Reception, February 3 and 4. See p. 9 and please make your hotel reservations by January 13 to secure special League rate. Other features are news from each of the local Leagues, update on the charter school regulation study, and Constitutional Amendment consensus meetings. Keep up to date by reading La Palabra!

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

LWVNM News For all our recent news, see the LWVNM News page.

Letter to the editor: Circumventing open government

In the February 10, 2016, Santa Fe New Mexican:

On the agenda for Monday (Feb. 8) for the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee was House Bill 336 — Public Peace, Health, Safety and Welfare. The league [of Women Voters in New Mexico] and other good government groups know that title shows that HB 336 is a placeholder or dummy bill with no content. During every session dummy bills are filed prior to the filing deadline so bills can be substituted later.

It’s time to stop this ridiculous practice that circumvents the legislative process and is a clear violation of the intent, if not actual content, of the Open Meetings Act. The league realizes it might be necessary to file a bill after the filing deadline, but that should be an open procedure approved by a majority vote of the relevant body. The public should be informed of the content of the proposed legislation in advance of any hearing.

Dr. Meredith R. Machen
President, League of Women Voters of New Mexico

Podcast: HJR5 Independent Ethics Commission

Feb. 11 - NM Gov't Transparency Advocate Says Ethics Commission Amendment Could Stall In Senate.

League President, Meredith Machen, says that people are clamoring for ethics reform. The Senate should pass a joint resolution to concur with HJR5 Independent Ethics Commission (which passed House 50-10 on Feb. 9). Time is short, but this bipartisan legislation should be expedited to let the public decide (through a Constitutional amendment on the general election ballot) whether NM will join 42 other states with ethics commissions.

Listen to a KSFR podcast about it:: Podcast: NM Gov't Transparency Advocate Says Ethics Commission Amendment Could Stall In Senate

League Council in Los Alamos, Saturday, May 21

Save the date. Agenda details will be posted soon. For more information, contact leaders (at) lwvnm (dot) org.

Radio Interview on Bills We're Following

KSFR Radio, 101.1 FM Santa Fe interviews President Meredith Machen on some of the bills LWVNM’s is following. The League has prioritized legislation calling for both an independent ethics commission and an independent redistricting commission, tightening campaign finance regulations, funding education fairly and adequately, and more. It opposes restricting women’s rights, voting rights, and corporate tax breaks. For LWVNM’s 2016 Priorities, see our Action page.

Call for a State Ethics Commission

The League calls upon Governor Martinez and NM House and Senate leaders to establish a State Ethics Commission. NM is one of 8 states without one. An Ethics Commission would oversee and enforce ethics rules, campaign finance, and lobbying laws. Commissioners should be independent, impartial, and free from conflicts of interest and vetted through a nomination process. The Commission needs to be as removed as possible from partisan politics. It would receive allegations and complaints and conduct investigations according to established detailed standards. If the allegations were proven beyond a reasonable doubt, the commission would determine disciplinary action.

How to Contact Your Legislator

Want to connect with your legislator? We have Contact Info for all NM legislators.

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.

About the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, 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 of Women Voters is strictly nonpartisan; it neither supports nor opposes candidates for office at any level of government. At the same time, the League is wholeheartedly political - working 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 18 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.

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