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Voting & Elections 09.9.2020

Report: Native American vote suppressed by pandemic

After the COVID-19 pandemic ripped through Indian Country in New Mexico this spring, voter turnout among Native Americans declined while the rest of the state experienced an unprecedented boost in voting during the presidential primary, according to a new report from Common Cause New Mexico.

Voting & Elections 09.8.2020

Report: Primary turnout plunged in Native precincts

A new report by Common Cause New Mexico outlines the damage to Native American turnout in the June 2 election. It found that turnout in Native American precincts fell by 1 percentage point in the 2020 primary election, compared with four years earlier, even as voter participation surged by 8 points throughout the state as a whole.

Voting & Elections 07.28.2020

Heather Ferguson discusses challenges of COVID-19 for democracy

Our Executive Director, Heather Ferguson, sat down with Lorene Mills to discuss the challenges COVID-19 is presenting for our democracy -- from voting by mail to the census and redistricting.

Money & Influence 07.20.2020

Spending in New Mexico primary highlights dark money at work

“Dark money is harmful to New Mexico voters because they can’t see who is truly behind those ads," said Heather Ferguson, executive director of Common Cause New Mexico.

Voting & Elections 07.20.2020

Native Americans faced difficulties voting in primary

Many members of the Acoma Pueblo and other tribes across the state faced significant barriers when trying to vote during the 2020 primary.

Voting & Elections 06.24.2020

COVID-19 Response: The Special Universe Of This Legislative Session

Amber Carrillo from Common Cause New Mexico reminds us why temporary changes to voting procedures are important for Indigenous communities during the pandemic, and the challenging decision by tribal administration to limit or cut polling locations during the primary.

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