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Online Voter Guide is Up!

This year, we have an online voter guide for the entire state of New Mexico. (Some local Leagues will also have printed Voter Guides for their areas.)

View your personalized races and candidates here: Vote411.org.

We the People: a State-Wide Conversation on Democracy & Elections

Sun, May 22, 2022, 2:00 PM – 3:30 PM MDT.

Dark money and some media are increasing political polarization. Listen to a diverse group of panelists discuss the issues.  Some politicians are falsely claiming voter fraud to justify restrictions that suppress voter turn-out. Poll-watchers are intimidating voters and election  workers. NM is a leader in safe and secure elections and a model nationally. What should Congress do to ensure fair and accessible elections and voter confidence?

Join the Zoom discussion: Register here.

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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 monitors the legislature every year, and advocates for bills on issues we've studied.

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Latest La Palabra

The Spring 2022 La Palabra (PDF, 660Kb) newsletter is out.

President’s Report; Call to Council, Agenda and Registration; Legislative Session Success; NM needs an IRC; Few Natural Resources Bills Pass; Voting and Election Reforms Blocked; Ranked Choice Voting; Addressing Workforce Shortages/Sidebar; Spent Nuclear Fuels Update; “We the People” NM ZOOM; 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

2022 Legislative Reception and League Day

February 2 and 3 were the Legislative Reception, and League Day. Details: 2022 League Day and Legislative Reception.

2022 Advocacy Workshop

The annual Advocacy Workshop was January 8. Watch the video: League Advocacy Workshop, January 2022. See more details and documents from the workshop: 2022 Advocacy Workshop.

LWVNM Calls for Legislative Transparency

Feb 9, 2022:

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is is alarmed by recent developments in the New Mexico Legislature that circumvent the public’s right to know and understand legislation under consideration. A functioning democracy requires transparency, fairness and informed public participation.

The attempt to get legislation on the hydrogen hub lays bare a habit that the League has long criticized – the use and abuse of bills to protect Peace, Health, Safety and Welfare, or “dummy” bills.” These are bills filed at the end of a filing period in the Legislature to allow introduction of “emergency” measures.

Read the full press release: LWVNM Calls for More Legislative Transparency

Statement by the League of Women Voters NM on the redistricting process.

December 16, 2021:

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is profoundly disappointed in the New Mexico Senate. The Senate Districts maps as presented only pay lip service to the very important work done by the Citizens Redistricting Committee. This is an example of “buddymandering” in which incumbents have been protected at the cost of fairness and equity. The process has been conducted with little to no transparency.

We reiterate the sentiments of the NM Foundation for Open Government. They, too, believe that New Mexicans deserve better.

LWVNM Signs Letter Opposing Hydrogen Hub Act

December 12, 2021: LWVNM has joined a coalition of organizations opposing the Hydrogen Hub Act.

Read the letter sent to New Mexico's Environment Department and Energy, Minerals and Natural Resources Department.

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Video on Citizen Redistricting Committee

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?.

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.