NEW MEXICO

 

NOTES:

  1. NM Voter Registration Deadlines vary. 28 to 21  days before Nov 3, 2020.

  2. Stage 3 -- No excuse for vote by mail required
  3. Online registration available

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Voting Issues

FEBRUARY 2021

• New Mexico: State House Democrats passed a bill along party lines to end felony disenfranchisement for people on parole or probation. If their counterparts in the Senate and Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham also approve the bill, only people who are currently incarcerated for a felony conviction would remain unable to vote.

• New Mexico, South Dakota: A state House committee in Democratic-run New Mexico has unanimously passed a bill to create a bipartisan redistricting commission, while redistricting reform advocates have announced plans to put an initiative on the 2020 ballot to reform redistricting in South Dakota. We will explore each of these proposals in greater depth in a subsequent edition of the Voting Rights Roundup.

NOVEMBER 2020

 

Ben Ray Luhan won

Deb Haaland won

Teresa Leger Fernandez won

Xochiti Torres Small lost

AUGUST 2020

 

• New Mexico: Ten New Mexico counties that cover a majority of the state, including its four largest, have informed Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver that they will send absentee ballot applications to all voters for the November general election, while five say they will not do so; the remaining 18 have yet to announce their plans. County clerks are now able to send ballot applications to their voters after the state's Democratic-run legislature passed a bill allowing them to do so in June.

APRIL 2020

• New Mexico: Attorneys for New Mexico's nonpartisan Legislative Council Service have told the state Supreme Court in a new filing that they believe the legislature's rules forbid lawmakers from convening remotely. In a lawsuit filed last month, 27 of the state's 33 county clerks (with the support of Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver) have asked the Supreme Court to order that the state's June 2 presidential and downballot primary be conducted by mail.

Republicans have opposed this request, saying the matter should be handled by the legislature. However, Democrats have said lawmakers are unable to meet safely, prompting the justices to ask the parties and the LCS to brief them on whether legislative sessions must be conducted in-person. Arguments in the case are set for April 14.

• New Mexico: The New Mexico Supreme Court has set arguments for April 14 in a case brought by 27 of the state's 33 county clerks, who have asked that the state's June 2 presidential and downballot primaries be conducted by mail. In their request, the clerks specify that some in-person voting locations would remain in operation to assist those unable to vote by mail. Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who is named as the defendant is the clerks' suit, recently said that "an all-mail election is not likely."

Republicans filed a lawsuit to oppose the request and say that the matter should be handled by the legislature, which they say could be called in for a special session. Democrats, however, oppose the idea of a special session, fearing that convening lawmakers and their staff could exacerbate the spread of the coronavirus. The justices have specifically asked the parties and Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham to opine on whether the legislature can meet electronically.

 

• New Mexico: Twenty-seven of New Mexico's 33 county clerks have asked the state Supreme Court to order that the state's June 2 presidential and downballot primary be conducted by mail. In their request, the clerks specify that some in-person voting locations would remain in operation to assist those unable to vote by mail. Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, who is named as the defendant is the clerks' suit, recently said that "an all-mail election is not likely."

MARCH 2020

 

• New Mexico: Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham reportedly plans to call a special session of the legislature (which is run by Democrats) to address emergency responses to the coronavirus, including the possibility of moving to all-mail elections this year. Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says that she and other election officials are also looking into the matter, though she says she believes it would take an act of the legislature to switch to a fully vote-by-mail system.