The 2020 Census is of critical importance to New Mexico.
We'll be working hard to get every New Mexican counted.
Read about it on our
2020 Census page.
Introduction from new President Hannah Burling;
LWVNM Leadership Changes;
Program Outcomes and Directions to the Board from the State Convention;
New Study of Judicial Qualifications/Selection Process;
Report on National LWVUS Council;
Suffrage Centennial:National Recognition for Nina Otero Warren, Suffragist and League Leader;
LWVUS on the Broadway Stage;
Changes for Voter Registrars;
Local League News.
Recent LWVNM News
New Redistricting Project
August 1, 2019:
The LWVNM has received a generous grant grant to lead an effort to ensure
fair and transparent redistricting following the 2020 census.
As part of that effort we have created a separate web site. Please visit
The site is under development but already has links to valuable resources on
NM should work now to implement redistricting reform
July 30, 2019:
Guest column in the Albuquerque Journal by Hannah Burling,
NM should work now to implement redistricting reform.
SCOTUS Decisions on Census and Gerrymandering
June 28, 2019:
The LWVNM is pleased that the Supreme Court
has not approved the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020
Census. Instead, they sent the issue back to the Department of Commerce,
leaving the final decision up in the air. We hope that reason prevails and
the question will not be added to the census. It would result in a serious
undercount in New Mexico, costing the state $3,700 for every resident who
goes uncounted, potentially $780 million over ten years.
We hope the courts and the administration do the right thing.
The LWVNM is disappointed that in today's
ruling on fair redistricting the U.S. Supreme Court did not take the
opportunity to set guidelines for fair redistricting in all the states. As
Justice Kagan stated in her dissent, "the partisan gerrymanders here
debased and dishonored our democracy, turning upside-down the core American
idea that all governmental power derives from the people".
Despite the Supreme Court ruling, New Mexico policymakers still have the
opportunity to follow the other 21 states that have acted to ensure that
constituents get to choose their legislators rather than legislators
choosing their constituents.
More details in the Press Release:
on the SCOTUS Decisions on Census and Gerrymandering.
Video: Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard Speaks at LWVNM Convention Banquet
May 29, 2019:
The LWVNM convention, held in May in Los Alamos, was a great success.
Besides talks by Sara Scott, Christine Chandler, and Liz Bander, our LWVUS
liaison, we were treated to a half-hour talk by our own Stephanie Garcia
Richard, the new State Land Commissioner, at our banquet. She speaks
eloquently about the wins and losses that have occurred since her election
and what she hopes for the future. Enjoy her talk and the questions:
Stephanie Garcia Richard Speaks at LWVNM Convention Banquet.
LWVNM Elects Hannah Burling as New State President
May 25, 2019:
At the League's biennial convention, held in Los Alamos,
Hannah Burling of Santa Fe has been elected to a two-year term as president
of the LWVNM.
The convention also approved a position on the transfer of federal public
lands after a two-year study on the subject, and approved a
study on the selection of New Mexico judges in limited jurisdiction courts.
LWVNM Elects Hannah Burling as New State President.
Election reform is essential for future of democracy
April 20, 2019:
The League of Women Voters of New Mexico thanks Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., for introducing the For the People Act in the U.S. Senate.
The League believes the American people need a democracy that works for them, not for special and entrenched interests.
Read the details:
Election reform is essential for future of democracy.
LWVNM Deplores Gutting Major Funding Bill
March 17, 2019:
The League of Women Voters of New Mexico deplores the New Mexico Senate
action that gutted HB6. It is time for New Mexico to generate the revenues
needed to fund essential services, including early childhood and those
revenues should come from those who can most afford it.
The version of the bill passed by the New Mexico House would have set New
Mexico on the path to a broader, more reliable source of funding.
But the New Mexico Senate removed much of the revenue generation and
eliminated almost all of the fairness features of the House version.
LWVNM Deplores Gutting the Major Funding Bill.
League of Women Voters of New Mexico Decries Vote to Defeat HB
51, Repeal of Abortion Prohibition Law
March 15, 2019:
The League of Women Voters is deeply disappointed that the New Mexico
Senate voted against HB 51, which would have repealed the outdated law
making abortion a crime. New Mexico women deserve to know that a full
range of healthcare will remain available to them even if Roe v. Wade
is overturned. The League believes that in a pluralistic society such
as ours the individual's right to make reproductive choices, including
abortion, must be affirmed.
League of Women Voters of New Mexico Decries Vote to Defeat HB 51, Repeal of Abortion Prohibition Law.
For older news items,
see the LWVNM News Archive.
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