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VOTE411, THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS NEW ONLINE VOTER GUIDE, IS LIVE!  EARLY VOTING UNDERWAY.

For the first time, the League of Women Voters of New Mexico (LWVNM) is providing a free and easy to use online Primary Election Voters Guide.  The guide, Vote411.org, covers the whole country.

“Early voting for the New Mexico Primary Election began on May 5 and the Vote411 site is a good resource for voters to find a variety of information ranging from precinct locations to a list of candidates,” said Dale Yeo, Director of the Voter Services Committee of the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM).

The Vote411 site also provides clear information about the absentee ballot process.  Voting absentee means a voter will not have to stand six-feet-apart in a line waiting to vote on Primary Election Day, June 2.

“Due to the pandemic, voting via absentee ballot is encouraged by the Doña Ana County Clerk and the League of Women Voters,” Yeo said.

Applications for an absentee ballot were sent earlier this month from the New Mexico Secretary of State to all voters registered with a major party (Democrat, Republican, and Libertarian) in the state.  Yeo said it is important that the application be mailed back immediately in order for voters to receive the actual ballot in a timely manner.  Requesting the application can also be done through the Vote411 website.

When a voter’s actual ballot is received and completed, voters should return it in the postage paid envelope or take it to a polling place.  May 28 is the last day a voter can request an absentee ballot.  According to officials, ballots must be turned in by 7 p.m. on June 2.

In addition to absentee voting information, the Vote411 site provides candidate responses to several questions sent to local candidates in contested races by the LWVSNM.

“The League has been active in providing voters with information about candidates and issues for 100 years, believing that we empower voters and support democracy through these activities,” said Kathy Brook, co-president of the LWVSNM. “The responses by candidates to questions from the League are unedited.”

After entering your address, the Vote411 website shows the applicable local candidates for that voter and it also has candidates from the Presidential race on down. The online voters’ guide lists the candidates side-by-side so that voters can compare the answers for those who responded.

“Candidates can update their information throughout the election process,” Yeo added.

LWVSNM will not print paper copies of the Voters’ Guide for the Primary Election, but “the Vote411 website is very comprehensive and is definitely worth reviewing,” Yeo said.  “The local League will print the guide for the November general election, and use Vote411 for it, as well.”

For more information about the Vote411 guide, contact Yeo at y.dale43@gmail.com.  For additional information about the Primary Election, visit the Doña Ana County Bureau of Elections website at www.donaanacounty.org/elections/elections-info, or the NM Secretary of State voter information portal at www.sos.state.nm.us/voting-and-elections/voter-information/.

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS OF SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO CREATES ELECTED OFFICIALS DIRECTORY 

The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) announced that an updated, comprehensive directory of elected officials from Doña Ana County is now available for the public.  The 2020 Who’s Who of Elected Officials can be downloaded from the LWVSNM website (www.lwvsnm.org/whos-who/) or picked up at Branigan Memorial Library, City Hall and the County Government Center, said League Co-President Kathy Brook.

“For over 30 years, the League has produced Who’s Who to promote communications with the elected public officials who serve us,” Brook said.  “During that period, it has expanded considerably to include officials in Anthony, Hatch, Mesilla, Sunland Park and soil and water conversation districts, as well as Las Cruces and Doña Ana County.”

Brook said the directory includes phone numbers, email addresses, as well as website addresses for elected officials.  In addition to county positions, such as County Commissioners, Clerk, Sheriff, Treasurer and Assessor, the directory includes federal officials such as the President and Vice President, Congressmen and the U.S. Senators. State positions from the Executive Branch include the Governor, Lt. Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, and members of the Governor’s Cabinet, among others.

“The League is a non-partisan organization that does not support or oppose any candidate. Once candidates are elected, it’s important to get this information into the hands of all residents,” said Eileen VanWie, LWVSNM Co-President. “This directory is a way to keep communication transparent for the electorate.”

The 18-page directory also has contact information for the Las Cruces City Council, the three School Boards in the county, state and local judges, several state commissions, plus the managers for the local governments.

More information about the Who’s Who Directory, or to obtain a copy, contact Brook (kathybrook@comcast.net)  or VanWie (lwvsnm.pres.e@gmail.com).

 

MAY IS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL MONTH!  AND, WE WELCOME NEW MEMBERS!

The monthy of May is the beginning of the LWVSNM’s new fiscal year.  That means it’s time to renew your membership. The League also welcomes new members to join our organization.  The women and men in our group are currently meeting via Zoom, due to the COVID-19 crisis.  But, in the future, we have monthly meetings that feature our guest speakers.

Renewals (and first-time members) are $65.00 for the first household member, and $32.50 for the second household member. Students are free, but must enter the school they attend and they must be at least 16 years old. The membership term runs from May 1 through April 30.

There are two ways to renew. First, you can renew online at www.lwvsnm.org and follow the directions under members. Second, you can renew via U.S. mail, send your current contact info and check to LWVSNM PO Box 15142, Las Cruces, NM 88004. Full details are in our May VOTER newsletter (on this website). You can always email me at Maryellen.kebbel@gmail.com, or Laura Harper at hikinggrrl@hotmail.com.

There will be an Online New Member Orientation on Saturday, June 6. Contact either Maryellen or Laura if you are interested in learning how to become more involved with the league as we move toward an exciting Presidential election year!

Maryellen Kebbel, Membership Co-Director

100th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATED IN 2020

The 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote has been recognized through a variety of celebrations throughout Doña Ana County.  In February, the 2020 Suffrage Alliance sponsored several activities that drew together women, men and children in celebration of this historic Amendment and the creation of the League of Women Voters. The Alliance was involved in proclamations, suffrage walks, writing to legislators, and activities at the NM Capitol.   The Alliance members have put their hearts into the slogan … “If Every Woman Voted…”

One of the highlights in February was a Suffrage Walk and Celebration on Feb. 22 at the Las Cruces Civic Center.  Hundreds of women, men and children enjoyed the music, speeches, voter registration and a walk around the plaza. Many women wore suffrage costumes in honor of the women who fought hard 100 ago to secure voting rights for women.

LWVSNM member Mary Martinez White and her husband Greg.

County Clerk Amanda Askin Lopez presents a proclamation to League Co-President Eileen VanWie.

Senator Bill Soules and LWVSNM Co-President Kathy Brook.

LOCAL LEAGUE CELEBRATES WITH A HIGH TEA

Dressed in suffrage costumes, members of the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico sipped on tea in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the national organization’s creation.  The High Tea Celebration was also in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment which gave women the right to vote in 1920.  The tea was held at the Bite of Belgium restaurant on Feb. 8.  During the tea, League members also wrote dozens of Valentines to national and state lawmakers, thanking them for their ongoing support and interest in League activities. February 14 – Valentines Day – is significant; it was the actual day of the League’s creation one century ago.

         

During the High Tea, Co-President Eileen VanWie (right) presents League member Marjorie Burr with a Certificate from the US League. Marjorie and Sallie Hunt were recognized for their 50+ years of service to the League.