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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.

Online 2016 Voter Guide

Read the 2016 LWNNM Voter Guide for up-ballot candidate statements and ballot questions and links to the local League voter guides. Spread the word! Get out the vote! Logo of La Palabra

Latest La Palabra

The Fall 2016 La Palabra (PDF, 1.8 MB) is out.

Highlights: LWVNM Victory at the NM Supreme Court; Bylaws change to allow 16-year-old members, reflecting changes at the LWVUS level; report on new NM Evironmental Dept "Copper Rule"; local league reports; new calendar.

Keep up to date by reading La Palabra!

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


League Endorses the Bail Bond Constitutional Amendment

October 7, 2016: New Mexicans have the opportunity to make badly needed changes in the state\u2019s antiquated bail bond system — a system dating back to Pennsylvania state laws from the 1700s. The League supports the amendment on November's ballot, whichwould give judges the power to keep dangerous, violent offenders in jail and the discretion to release poor non-violent offenders.

More info: My View: League endorses the bail bond reform bill (Santa Fe New Mexican).

Note: The League erroneously included the New Mexico Criminal Defense Lawyers' Association as supporters of the amendment. We regret the error.

A Victory for Voters

NM Supreme Court unanimously decides in favor of LWVNM's argument that Constitutional Amendments expanding voting rights passed.

On September 14, the NM Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the League of Women Voters vs. the Advisory Committee to the NM Compilation Commission case. The League argued that a simple majority — not a super-majority —was all that was needed for the electorate to approve Constitutional Amendments in 2008 and in 2014 allowing school elections to be held at the same time as other non-partisan elections. The Court also agreed that electorate approved a Constitutional Amendment in 2010 calling for the removal of the archaic and offensive language denying "idiots" and "insane persons" the right to vote.

The Supreme Court ordered the NM Compilation Commission to make the changes to Article VII, Section 1, of the NM Constitution immediately.

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Statewide Candidate Forums Canceled

August 10, 2016: LWVNM expresses its disappointment in having to cancel SOS candidate forums in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, and Santa Fe, but both candidates are being invited to participate in local League candidate forums that are scheduled for other races. Please check out the links to the local Leagues to see when those forums are scheduled and who is participating.
Listen to the discussion on Dateline New Mexico.

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.

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.