Early voting is underway in Doña Ana County.  Get to know about the candidates by reading the 2021 Voters’ Guide, created by the League of Women Voters of Southern New MexicoThe guide contains answers to questions given to Las Cruces and Mesilla candidates in advance of the  Nov.2 election.  And be sure that your voter registration is up to date.  Go to www.Vote411.org to look at your voter information.

For more information, contact the League at lwvsnm@gmail.com.



Election day is right around the corner – Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, abd early voting began on Oct. 5.  Are you registered?  If not, click here to get information about voter information.  The Vote411 website also allows you to change your voter registration and get more information about your voting location. You can also get absentee voting information. If you’re not sure who’s running for which election, check out the candidates in Doña Ana County and throughout the state of New Mexico provided by the NM Secretary of State.

Your vote is important.  See more information on these public service messages from the League of Women Voters (English and Spanish).

For more information, contact the League at lwvsnm@gmail.com.


Voters have a great opportunity to learn about the candidates vying for seats on the Las Cruces City Council and the Las Cruces Board of Education.  In partnership with Public Media KRWG, the League will be involved with several televised forums with the candidates.  The events are pre-taped and will be shown throughout September and into October.  Read the schedule and tune into the shows on Thursdays at 7:00 p.m., Saturdays at 5:00 p.m. and Sundays at 11:00 a.m.

For more information, contact the League at lwvsnm@gmail.com.


LAS CRUCES—The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) now holds hybrid meetings for its organization announced Co-President Kathy Brook. The second hybrid meeting will be at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, when members gather in-person or via Zoom teleconference.  The guest speaker will be the Honorable Howie Morales, Lt. Governor of the state of New Mexico.

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Brook said members can choose whether to meet in-person at the Creative Arts Room of the Good Samaritan Village on 3011 Buena Vida Circle, or they can attend via a Zoom teleconference.  Attendees should notify the League (lwvsnm@gmail.com) as to which they select.  The League’s general meetings are on the second Saturday of each month, she added.

“Having a hybrid meeting should accommodate everyone, since some people are ready to be around others, while some still feel more comfortable with social distancing,” Brook said.  “Either way, we want to maintain our local activities that support democracy and the right to vote.”

The first hybrid meeting was held in August and featured Dr. Tim Hand, chief of staff of Las Cruces Public Schools and former Deputy Secretary of Education for the state Public Education Department.

For more information, contact Brook at lwvsnm@gmail.com.



The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) recently elected several new members to its Board of Directors for fiscal year 2021/2022, announced Co-Presidents Kathy Brook and Eileen VanWie.  Click here to see the 2021/2022 leadership for LWVSNM.


A new video from specialists at the US Census Bureau helps citizens understand how the census will be used in New Mexico’s redistricting.  See the video here.  Following each census, the state of New Mexico undergoes redistricting.  This is an important task that involves community input.  The Fair Districts New Mexico organization – a nonpartisan group that includes a cross-section of residents throughout the state – developed a short video to help citizens understand the proposed redistricting reforms.  Click here to watch that video.


The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) announced that a comprehensive directory of elected officials from Doña Ana County has been updated to reflect the outcome of the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election. The updated Who’s Who is available to download. The previous 2020 Who’s Who of Elected Officials with officials whose terms end Dec. 30, 2020, can also be downloaded. Copies of the directories are also located on the LWVSNM website or can be picked up at Branigan Memorial Library, City Hall and the County Government Center.

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“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.

For more information about the Who’s Who Directory, or to obtain a copy, contact Brook or VanWie at lwvsnm@gmail.com or 575-524-VOTE (8683).


The first annual Making Democracy Work (MDW) Awards by the League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico (LWVSNM) were recently presented to three women leaders who were instrumental in a project that contributed to strengthening democracy.  Jamie Patterson and Josie Miller, academic content specialists from the Las Cruces Public Schools (LCPS), and Jamey Rickman, community engagement manager for the City of Las Cruces, are the first recipients of the annual MDW Award.  Read about it here.