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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.


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Latest La Palabra

The Fall 2017 La Palabra (PDF, 3.4 MB) newsletter is out.

Highlights: 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 La Palabra!

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 at hearings
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 2017 Convention Report.

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. In the 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.

Full release: LWVNM Position on the 2017 Special Session.

2017 Legislative Session

March 2017: This year's legislative session is now over. Our final 2017 Legislative Tracking Sheet lists bills we were tracking during the 2017 session.

Annual Citizen Advocacy Workshop Video Online

The video for the League's Annual Workshop: "*Effective Citizen Advocacy at the Legislature", held Saturday, December 10, 2017, is online. Speakers include Senator Peter Wirth (D-Santa Fe, District 25), Representative Jimmie Hall (R-Bernalillo, District 28), and 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:

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.

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 about us and check our calendar for upcoming events.