LWVNM Fact Sheet: Redistricting Reform
Legislative Priority – Redistricting Reform 2023
(Also available in Word format: LWV23redistFactFinal.doc.)
The League of Women Voters of New Mexico believes that responsibility for redistricting should be vested in an independent redistricting commission with membership that reflects the diversity of the population.
LWVNM supports a redistricting process and standards that provide the people with a meaningful choice in electing their representatives and facilitate holding government accountable.
LWVNM supports:HJR1 Independent Redistricting Commission Representative Natalie Figueroa
What would HJR1 do? If approved by the Legislature it would put the question of creating an Independent Redistricting Commission on the 2024 general election ballot. It would let the voters decideWhy we need it: The 2021 Citizen Redistricting Committee (CRC) showed the value of a semi-independent redistricting entity. In a short time frame, the seven member CRC conducted more than 14 public meetings around New Mexico and provided three sets of recommendations for each set of district maps to be considered by the legislature. The CRC did an admirable job in a very compact period of time.
The CRC proposed maps were only recommendations. That means the legislators did not have to choose one of the CRC maps, but could create their own. Thus, they were able to choose their constituents rather than having constituents choose their legislators. The Legislature should approve HJR 1 and provide voters the opportunity to vote for an independent redistricting commission. This would go a long way in furthering public trust in government.
A 2022 poll by the UNM Center for Social Policy supports passage of HJR1. According to the survey results, the public wants new redistricting laws. Seventy Seven percent (77%) of likely voters support the creation of an independent redistricting commission. Only 12% opposed.
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