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Are you registered to vote?

In order to register to vote in New Mexico, you must be a U.S. citizen with a social security number and be at least 18 years of age on or before the next election, with two exceptions:

Registration is open until 28 days before an election. You can register online at the NM Secretary of State's website, with your social security number and your NM driver's license or non-driver's license ID. You can also register to vote at your local County Clerk's office and at the many other locations listed on

For more information, visit the Secretary of State's NM Voter Information page.

To confirm your registration, find out your precinct, district, and other voting information, visit Voter View.

For other information on the 2016 election, visit our Election Information page. Logo of La Palabra

Latest La Palabra

The Summer 2016 La Palabra (PDF, 1.3 MB) is out.

Highlights: LWVNM Board 2016 - 2017; President's Message; Local League News from the Presidents; U.S. Supreme Court News; LWVUS -- National Convention; National Convention Immigration Caucus; State Position: Apportionment/Redistricting; LWVUS Program, 2016 - 2018; Human Services, MVD Voter Registration; Charter School Study Report; LWVNM Calendar -- 2016/2017.

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For issues of La Palabra dating back to 2005, see the Newsletters page.


Secretary of State candidate forums canceled

LWVNM has canceled forums in three cities for the secretary of state candidates after Republican nominee Nora Espinoza did not respond to repeated invitations to participate.

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Why We Oppose Voter-ID Laws

August 4, 2016: Recent Supreme and lower court decisions have demonstrated that photo ID laws have disenfranchised thousands of eligible voters. The GAO and the Brennan Center both found voting was suppressed in states with photo ID. Here's more information on Why We Oppose Voter ID Laws.

Editorial: Do Your Job

April 3, 2016: an editorial in the ABQ Journal by Richard Mason / Vice President, LWVNM. “It is time for the New Mexico executive and legislative branches to step up and do their jobs. Doing their jobs includes insuring that there is adequate revenue to fund essential government programs.”

Letter to the editor: Circumventing open government

In the February 10, 2016, Santa Fe New Mexican:

On the agenda for Monday (Feb. 8) for the House Regulatory and Public Affairs Committee was House Bill 336 — Public Peace, Health, Safety and Welfare. The league [of Women Voters in New Mexico] and other good government groups know that title shows that HB 336 is a placeholder or dummy bill with no content. During every session dummy bills are filed prior to the filing deadline so bills can be substituted later.

It’s time to stop this ridiculous practice that circumvents the legislative process and is a clear violation of the intent, if not actual content, of the Open Meetings Act. The league realizes it might be necessary to file a bill after the filing deadline, but that should be an open procedure approved by a majority vote of the relevant body. The public should be informed of the content of the proposed legislation in advance of any hearing.

Dr. Meredith R. Machen
President, League of Women Voters of New Mexico

For more of our recent news, see the LWVNM News page.

How to Contact Your Legislator

Want to connect with your legislator? We have Contact Info for all NM 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.

About the League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy.

The League never endorses or opposes candidates or parties. We advocate for policies based on our positions on issues.

At the same time, the League takes policy positions after thorough study, and works to influence policy through education and advocacy. It is the original grassroots citizen network, directed by the consensus of its members across the country.

Membership is open to all residents of the United States, both women and men, who are 16 years or older. In New Mexico, there are four local leagues. All local members are automatically members of LWVNM as well as the national League of Women Voters of the United States (LWVUS). New Mexicans who do not live near any of the existing local leagues may join LWVNM as a member at large.

Find out more about us and check our calendar for upcoming events.