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.
Workshop on Effective Citizen Advocacy at the Legislature
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 10 am to Noon
New Mexico State Capitol, Room 322
(enter on the East side only)
The public is invited.
Learn tips from legislators and a professional lobbyist on how to interact
with legislators, speak at hearings, and advocate for your cause. There is
no charge for the workshop.
League members will also provide tips on speaking for LWVNM.
Senator Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, District 25
Senator Sander Rue, R-Albuquerque, District 23
Jim Jackson, Chief Executive Officer of Disability Rights New Mexico.
(PDF, 3.4 MB) newsletter is out.
Advocacy Workshop Information;
Immigration Update: DACA;
The Sagebrush Rebellion;
Updates on Federal Public Lands and Nuclear Waste studies;
League Lobbyist Information;
Natural Resources and Local League reports.
Keep up to date by reading
For issues of
La Palabra dating back to 2005, see the Newsletters page.
Recent LWVNM News
LWVNM President Judy Williams on Health Care
December 5, 2017:
NM State League President Judy Williams, an expert on healthcare concerns,
was interviewed on the Union Edge radio show.
Williams talks about the importance of healthcare and how it could be made
much simpler with a Single Payer, healthcare for all system.
Listen to the segment:
Judy Williams on Union Edge radio.
LWVNM Comment on the Proposed New Mexico STEM-Ready Science Standards
October 9, 2017:
The League of Women Voters of New Mexico opposes the proposed NM STEM-Ready
Science Standards and endorses the adoption of the Next Generation Science
Standards (NGSS) and the appropriation of funding necessary for successful
implementation. The NGSS develop students' critical thinking and
problem-solving skills and their understanding of the need to manage resources
for the benefit of both present and future generations. Developed over years by
science teachers, higher education faculty, scientists, and business leaders,
the NGSS will prepare students for high-skilled, high- wage jobs and improve
NM's prospects for economic progress.
Read our full letter on the subject:
LWVNM Comment on the Proposed New Mexico STEM-Ready Science Standards.
LWV Statement on President Trump's Assault on Women's Right to Contraceptive Care
October 6, 2017, Washington DC:
The League of Women Voters issued the following statement in response to the Trump administration's announcement that employers can now opt out of birth control coverage, required by the Affordable Care Act:
This administration's decision to dismantle vital health care coverage for nearly 62 million women is misguided and discriminatory.
Eliminating employer-covered birth control coverage, a requirement under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), is a direct assault on a woman's right to make her own health care choices.
The provision included in the ACA has saved women an estimated $1.4 billion in out of pocket costs for contraception coverage. Nine out of 10 women use birth control at some point in their lives for family planning or other medical reasons. Birth control is critical for effective family planning and preventing unwanted pregnancies, which we know opens up more opportunities for women and increases lifetime earnings.
Today's decision turns back the clock for women. It seriously undermines and undercuts the very premise of the ACA that all Americans should have access to health care coverage. Allowing employers and insurance plans to pick and choose what should be covered will lead to discrimination against women. It will shred the essential protections for which generations have struggled.
The League of Women Voters strongly opposes this insulting decision by the Trump Administration.
LWVUS: Statement on President Trump's Assault on Women's Right to Contraceptive Care.
Save the Dates
We have three great legislative events coming up in the next few months:
Saturday, December 9, 2017, 9:30 to Noon
Workshop on Effective Citizen Advocacy at the Legislature and tips for speaking
New Mexico State Capitol, Room 322
January 31, 2018, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Legislative Reception, Garrett's Desert Inn
February 1, 2018
League Day at the Legislature
Hope to see you there!
LWVNM Elects Judy Williams to Lead Group
May 23, 2017:
Judy Williams of Santa Fe is the new president of LWVNM, elected at the
League's State Convention in Santa Fe May 21, 2017.
Convention delegates also voted to approve three new studies for the League:
transfer of federal public lands; nuclear waste storage; and health care.
For more details, see the
LWVNM Position on the 2017 Special Session
May 23, 2017:
LWVNM urges the Legislature and the Governor to agree on a budget that fully
funds essential government services. In order to do that they must enact
sensible measures that draw revenue from those who can best afford it. We
oppose cuts to essential services.
New Mexico leaders made the mistake of rushing through legislation in
the recent past and it has been a factor in our present budget crisis.
closing hours of the 2013 session Republican Governor Martinez and Democratic
House Speaker Kenny Martinez made a deal behind closed doors. That deal
contributed to the present budget shortfall.
The state should not repeat that mistake.
LWVNM Position on the 2017 Special Session.
2017 Legislative Session
This year's legislative session is now over.
Legislative Tracking Sheet lists bills we were tracking during
the 2017 session.
Annual Citizen Advocacy Workshop Video Online
video for the League's Annual Workshop:
"*Effective Citizen Advocacy at the Legislature",
held Saturday, December 10, 2017, is online.
Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe, District 25),
Representative Jimmie Hall (R-Bernalillo, District 28),
Minda McGonagle of McGonagle Public Relations Consulting Duo, LLC.
For older news items,
see the LWVNM News Archive.
How to Contact Your Legislator
Want to connect with your legislator? Use
Find My Legislator
on the New Mexico Legislator website.
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.
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:
An individual who has been legally declared mentally
incapacitated may not register.
An individual who has been convicted of a felony offense loses the right
to vote while completing the terms and conditions imposed by the court.
After completing the felony sentence, the individual must re-register to
Registration is open until 28 days before an election.
You can register online at
You can also register to vote at your local County Clerk's office and at the
many other locations listed on http://www.sos.state.nm.us
Secretary of State's website, sos.state.nm.us with your social
security number and your NM driver's license or non-driver's license ID.
information, visit the Secretary of State's
NM Voter Information
To confirm your registration, find out your precinct, district, and other
voting information, visit
For other information on the 2016 election, visit our
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.
We never endorse or oppose candidates or parties, only positions on
issues we've studied.
Membership is open to all residents of
the United States, both women and men, who are 16 years or older.
Find out more
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