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April 29, 2021:
In a webinar on redistricting, Justice Chavez gave a brief summary of the Citizen Redistricting Committee created by SB304. Peter Wattson discussed other states with similar redistricting models, and gave advice on what we can do to prepare even before the CRC starts.

Watch the video.

Documents from the webinar:

Another excellent recent article on redistricting is Politico Magazine: Is Gerrymandering About to Become More Difficult?.

Presentations from the State Convention

Two speakers from our State Convention have generously allowed us to post the slides from their excellent talks.

Before and After the Pandemic: The Future of the New Mexico Economy by Jim Peach (PDF, 1.2M)

The Future of Democracy, by Christa Slaton (PowerPoint, 628K).

The 2021 Legislative Session and Special Session are Over

The session was very productive. See the Action page for details on the bills and issues we were supporting.

Current Activities

The League is leading the Fair Districts for New Mexico Project, promoting fair and transparent redistricting for New Mexico following the 2020 census. Please visit the Fair Districts web site for updates.

Our Action Committee continues to monitor the legislature and advocate for bills on issues we've studied.

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Latest La Palabra

The Spring 2021 La Palabra (PDF, 1.7 Mb) newsletter is out.

Call to State Convention; Program Items for Convention; Board Nominations; Proposed Budget; Action Committee report on the 2021 session; JEDI report; Local League News.

Keep up to date by reading La Palabra!

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

Recent LWVNM News


April 25, 2021:

Hannah Burling of Santa Fe was elected to a second two-year term as president of the NM League of Women Voters during the League's Virtual Convention recently. Other elected officers and directors who will serve for the 2021-23 biennium are: Barbara Calef, 2nd Vice President; Dick Mason, Action Chair; Rebecca Chaiken, Secretary; Suzanne Ronneau, Treasurer. Judy Williams, Past President and Voter Services.

League directors include Jody Larson, Janet Blair, Rebecca Alvarez, Susan Haase, Kathy Brook, Meredith Machen, Akkana Peck, Bobbi Riedel, Renny Ashleman, Karen Douglas, Patricia Hawkins, Donna Sandoval, Becky Shankland, Eileen VanWie and the leadership team of the Santa Fe County League. The League also adopted new and/or revised positions on issues at the convention. These positions are adopted after study and discussion and serve as a basis of League advocacy.

New positions on Reproductive Rights and the Storage of Spent Nuclear Fuel (SNF) were adopted. LWVNM supports every woman's right to access affordable, high-quality reproductive health care, including access to abortion services and birth control. The extensive position on SNF lists specific conditions that must be met before the League could support such facilities.

LWVNM delegates approved updates to three positions. The Education position was extensively revised, adding language on multicultural/multilingual education and sections on post-secondary and early childhood education. The Election Procedures position now supports allowing voters not enrolled in a major political party to vote in primary elections. The Transfer of Federal Public Lands language was clarified concerning land management.

Women's March a Big Success

Watch the video: LWVNM Women's March.

Video: Amber Wallin on Taxes and Funding for Essential Services

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Amber Wallin of New Mexico Voices for Children spoke to the League about Revenue & Tax Policy for 2021.

Video: Redistricting in New Mexico: A Troubled History & Opportunities for Change

Writer and reporter Gwyneth Doland, of New Mexico In Depth, speaks about the historical aspects of redistricting in New Mexico, how they impact redistricting today, and what we might expect in redistricting 2021. Doland is the author of Redistricting NM 2021; A troubled history and opportunities for change.

View the video of our webinar on Redistricting in New Mexico.

Want to do your own redistricting for New Mexico?

Check out an open source program developed by the MGGG Lab atTufts University. Advocates in New Mexico have tried this and have been impressed. Main link: Or go straight to the link for New Mexico. Read about details of the software (PDF).

For older news items, see the LWVNM News Archive.

How to Contact Your Legislator

Want to connect with your legislator? See our page on Contact Info for New Mexico 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.