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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.

Membership is open to all residents of the United States, both women and men, who are 16 years or older. Find out more.



Transfer of Federal Public Lands Now a National Position!

The LWVUS Convention was held the weekend of June 26-27 and we scored a major victory! Our Transfer of Federal Public Lands position was adopted by concurrence. As a concurrence, we needed a two-thirds vote, but after debate on Friday we weren’t sure it would pass. Many delegates hadn’t read the position or didn’t understand it and its rationale. But on Saturday a delegate from Florida moved to allow more debate. We had some good speakers in favor. In addition, we sent a new message to the LWVUS leaders list stating the position and why it is important. Finally, Judy Williams pasted the position itself into the Q&A so the delegates could see it.

Now the LWVNM position on the Transfer of Federal Public lands is a national position!  Delegates from the Western states were supportive, particularly those from Utah, Montana and Nevada.

You can get more details about the caucus and the position, and watch the video, on our Transfer of Federal Public Lands page.

Kerner Commission Webinar

On June 16, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., the League of Women Voters of New Mexico hosted a webinar with former Senator Fred Harris (D-OK), now a resident of Corrales and an adjunct professor at UNM. He discussed the current demonstrations and how the findings of the Kerner Commission (issued after the civil unrest of the 1960s) can help us better understand the frustrations of the African American community.

Current Activities

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

The 2020 Census is also of critical importance to New Mexico. We'll be working to get every New Mexican counted. Read about it on our 2020 Census page.

For more ongoing activities, see our Programs page.

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Latest La Palabra

The Spring 2020 La Palabra (PDF, 5.0 Mb) newsletter is out.

Call to LWVNM Council; 100th Anniversary festivities; Judicial Selection Study Committee report; Fair Districts NM; Spent nuclear fuel update; National Votes for Women Trail; VOTE411: electronic and statewide! 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

Transfer of Federal Public Lands Caucus at the LWVNM National Convention

June 22, 2020:

The LWVNM led a caucus on our recommended concurrence with our Transfer of Federal Public Lands position on June 22, 2020. You can get more details about the caucus and the position, and watch the video, here: Transfer of Federal Public Lands.

Kerner Commission Webinar

June 15, 2020:

League of Women Voters of New Mexico hosted a webinar with former Senator Fred Harris (D-OK), now a resident of Corrales and an adjunct professor at UNM. He discussed the current demonstrations and how the findings of the Kerner Commission (issued after the civil unrest of the 1960s) can help us better understand the frustrations of the African American community.

Watch on YouTube: LWVNM Kerner Commission Webinar.

League Urges Absentee Ballot Vote

April 23, 2020:

The League of Women Voters of New Mexico is urging the public to vote absentee in the June 2 Primary Election.

In compliance with the recent NM Supreme Court decision, absentee ballot applications will be mailed directly to all New Mexico voters who are registered as Republicans, Democrats or Libertarians. Those applications must be filled out and returned to your county clerk in order to receive an absentee ballot for the primary election. Only those who are registered with one of the three major parties are eligible to vote in the primary.

You can also go to nmvote.org now to request an absentee ballot. Absentee ballots will be mailed out beginning on May 5.

More info: Press release: League Urges Absentee Ballot Vote.

NM Supreme Court Rules: League of Women Voters Reaction

April 15, 2020:

We are disappointed that in the current public health crisis the NM Supreme Court decided against granting the petition from the county clerks, which asked that they be allowed to conduct the 2020 primary election as an all-mail election supplemented by service centers.

The League of Women Voters believes the absentee ballot application process creates an unnecessary obstacle to voting by mail, which lands hard on disabled, elderly, rural, low literacy, and low-income voters who are disproportionately people of color.

Read more: NM Supreme Court Rules: League of Women Voters Reaction.

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.