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Restoration of Felons Right to Vote, HB 57 Advances

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mistakes of youth are changing into adult responsibilities HB 57, is the bill which restores felons right to vote once they have completed sentencing and are no longer incarcerated. The bill has been moving more quickly but still has a way to go. The current bill does not apply to felons still in prison. The… Read More

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Automatic Voter Registration & Updating of Qualified Electors at the MVD & Other State Agencies – HB 84, SB 50

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Twin bills making their way through the NM State Legislature’s 2019 session would provide for automatic voter registration at the state’s MVD offices, and contract field offices and, eventually, other state agencies. The NM resident applying for a new or renewed driver’s license or i.d., and meeting other requirements, would be enrolled in the registered… Read More

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Can New Mexico Voters Soon Register & Vote on the same day? House Bill 86 says, “YES.”

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Some of us think about politics every day. Others don’t. House Bill 86 titled “Election Day and Early Voting Site Registration,” would nevertheless allow those distracted by other life events to fully participate once voting has commenced—people like busy moms and stress-out employees. If passed, the bill would allow a New Mexico resident, with a… Read More

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A CORE OF VOTER REGISTRATION AGENTS ARE REINVENTING THEIR IDENTITY

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At one time it was thought that online voter registration could eliminate the need for Voter Registration Agents. But New Mexico Voter Registration Agents (VRAs) see a valuable way to continue to register voters and provide information needed for voting. After all, VRAs are certified and trained to legally assist voters to register. They literally… Read More

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The Role of New Mexicans who register voters is shifting so quietly that almost no one has noticed

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When New Mexico introduced online voter registration several years ago, voter registration spiked significantly which raised the question of whether there is a continuing need for New Mexican voter registration agents (VRAs). But it quickly became apparent that Voter Registration Agents need to play a continuing role. While there may not be many good reasons… Read More