Access to Voting

Common Cause New Mexico supports a package of election-related legislation that is designed to ensure all eligible New Mexico have access to voting. This legislation includes allowing 17 year olds to vote in primaries, allowing 16 and 17 year olds to pre-register to vote, implementing online voter registration and extending the voter registration deadline to the Saturday before the elections.

We already trust young people to protect our democracy through military service, teaching them early about the pride and importance of civic participation is equally important. Our two bills ensure they can get involved in politics early. Paperless registration updating allows states to reach many under-registered populations, like college students who have regular access to internet and are culturally comfortable conducting business online.

Our election officials now have the technology to process voter registration forms in real time. Extending the deadline through the Saturday before Election Day will allow eligible New Mexicans to register after debates are held, advertisements are run, and most voters focus on the election.

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New Mexico’s citizens are getting an exciting new tool to hold elected officials accountable as we enter into the 2017 state legislative session. This year, Common Cause New Mexico is going beyond tracking good government legislation and...

What's your legislator's GPA?
January 23, 2017

Thursday was a day full of meetings and trying to connect with legislators about our priority bills – with NINE bills as priorities, and dozens more that we are tracking, it was a full day for Common Cause NM. So many of the legislators we...

Three Days Down, 57 to go!
January 20, 2017

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