We are at the halfway point here in this short session and waiting for our bills to be heard on the House floor and in committees. Scheduling always becomes an important issue in these last 11 days of the session, and several of our priority...
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.