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KRWG HOSTS CANDIDATE FORUMS

Voters have the opportunity to listen to candidates vying for seats in the upcoming November election. They will appear in a series of televised Forums on KRWG TV located at New Mexico State University. The shows will air in the evenings through the end of October. Click here to review the schedule of races, dates, and times. Several members of the League of Women Voters will co-host the event alongside Dr. Fred Martino, Director of Content at KRWG.

USE THIS IMPORTANT CHECKLIST TO GET PREPARED TO VOTE  IN THE NOVEMBER GENERAL ELECTION.  VOTE EARLY!

The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico offers this helpful guide, in English and Spanish, to assist voters in preparing for the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election.  The League will continue to update this list, should any changes be made by the Secretary of State or the Doña Ana County Clerk.  LWVSNM also encourages voters to review responses provided by candidates to the Vote411.org site.

Voters’ Checklist in English

Guía del Votante en Español

NATIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION DAY – TUE SEPT. 22nd

National Voter Registration Day is a nonpartisan civic holiday celebrating our democracy.  On Tuesday September 22, 2020 volunteers and organizations from all over the country will “hit the streets” in a single day of coordinated field, technology and media efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to create broad awareness of voter registration opportunities to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

First observed in 2012, it has quickly gained momentum ever since. Nearly 3 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date.  The holiday has been endorsed by the National Association of Secretaries of State (NASS), the National Association of State Election Directors (NASED), the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC), and the National Association of Election Officials (The Election Center).

100 YEARS AGO WOMEN’S RIGHT TO VOTE WAS RATIFIED

It was August 26, 1920 (that’s 100 years ago!) when the 19th Amendment was officially ratified.  Women finally had the right to vote after years of hard work by the women’s suffragist movement.  (Black women had to wait for many more decades, however.) The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico is proud to recognize the 100th anniversary and asks all Americans to celebrate this milestone.  One way to commemorate this day is to get registered to vote for the November General Election, or to be prepared to vote with a mail-in ballot. Also, ensure your children or grandchildren understand the importance of this Amendment, which changed the face of America’s democracy.

Read More About the 19th Amendment in The Voter newsletter from the League of Central NM

Read the History of the 19th Amendment

Lessons to Help Students Learn About the 19th Amendment

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 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.”

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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).

 

THE LEAGUE OF WOMEN VOTERS WELCOMES NEW MEMBERS YEAR-ROUND!

The League of Women Voters of Southern New Mexico welcomes new members to join our organization throughout the year.  The organization’s calendar from from May 1 through April 20.  Currently, the women and men in our group are meeting via Zoom, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  But, in the future, we have monthly meetings that feature our guest speakers.

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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. If you join after October 31, the membership price is half-off for the rest of the League’s calendar year.

There are two ways to join. First, you can go 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.  Additional 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.

We would love for you to join.  Contact us 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…”

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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.