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Hello fellow political junkies!
New Mexico’s local elections are over, and New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver hailed them as a success as voters used early and mail-in voting across the state.
“As I like to say, New Mexicans recognize that our elections serve as a model for the nation. They are conducted impartially, with integrity and security, while ensuring robust access to the ballot for voters,” Toulouse Oliver said in a statement Tuesday evening. “Many thanks to all voters who participated today and during early voting, to the dedicated election workers who staffed polling locations across the state, and to the election administrators who invested considerable effort in planning and preparing for the success of today’s elections.
A total of 250,182 votes were cast statewide out of 1,219,760 eligible voters, bringing turnout to 20.51 percent.
A notable election outcome was the voter population and number of voter signatures needed for a referendum to be placed on a ballot in Santa Fe.
The Santa Fe County ballot question on the signatures needed for a referendum has been approved. Santa Fe voters approved an amendment to the city charter that specifies that the total number of voters in the most recent election, including those who voted in the mayoral election rather than just those who voted in the mayoral election, constitutes the population used to determine the number of signatures. are necessary for a referendum petition. Santa Fe voters also approved an amendment to the city charter that lowers the number of signatures required for a referendum petition to 15 percent. Previously, referendum petitions required 33.3 percent of voters’ signatures.
Report by the Santa Fe New Mexican on these measurements, we can find here.
Full election results can be viewed here.
Meanwhile, on the Hill
News from the Capitol, the House of Representatives voted 234 to 188 for censure Rep. Rashida Tlaib, Democrat of Michigan, for “promoting false narratives regarding the Hamas attack on Israel on October 7, 2023, and calling for the destruction of the State of Israel.” CNN reported.
A censure is an official reprimand issued by a separate legislative body.
This censure was introduced by Rep. Rich McCormick of Georgia and is separate from Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia’s failed censure attempt last week.
Censorship is the highest form of punishment in the House, short of impeachment. This is usually done when a representative has been convicted of a crime. Censorship does not remove the person from the House or result in additional sanctions beyond public ostracism.
This week’s interim legislative meetings
Upcoming interim legislative meetings
For more information on the legislative interim committees, visit nmlegis.gov.
There are 64 days left until Opening Day of the New Mexico Legislature.
Other local and county meeting calendars
2024 New Mexico primary elections
The 2024 election cycle has been underway for months with debates, advertisements and campaign events across the state and country.
The New Mexico primary is set for June 4. Application submission day is in February.
General Election Day 2024 is November 5.
For more information about the elections, contact your local county clerk’s office which can also help you verify or update your voter registration, a process that can also be done online at NMVote.org.
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