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.
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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:
Presentations from the State Convention
Two speakers from our State Convention have generously allowed us to
post the slides from their excellent talks.
and After the Pandemic: The Future of the New Mexico Economy
by Jim Peach (PDF, 1.2M)
Future of Democracy, by Christa Slaton
The 2021 Legislative Session and Special Session are Over
The session was very productive. See the
for details on the bills and issues we were supporting.
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.
Action Committee continues to monitor the
legislature and advocate for bills on issues we've studied.
(PDF, 1.7 Mb) newsletter is out.
Call to State Convention;
Program Items for Convention;
Action Committee report on the 2021 session;
Local League News.
Keep up to date by reading
For issues of
La Palabra dating back to 2005, see the Newsletters page.
Recent LWVNM News
LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF NM ELECTS LEADERSHIP
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
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
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.
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.