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Cross-Partisan Redistricting Task Force Seeks Nominations

The deadline for nominations closed on September 5, 2020.

New Mexico First is inviting nominations and self-nominations for a Redistricting Task Force. The goal of the task force is to develop recommendations to present to the N.M. Legislature on redistricting rules and processes.

New Mexico First is committed to cross-partisan dialogue, consensus-building, and aligned action on policy issues that impact the state. Therefore, the Redistricting Task Force will include voters, researchers, lawmakers, tribal members, and advocates who are knowledgeable about redistricting or voter rights. The task force will include people from different political parties and will be racially, ethnically, and geographically diverse, including members from the sovereign Pueblos and Tribes across New Mexico.

Lilly Irvin-Vitela, President and Executive Director, said, “This task force can improve cross-partisan trust in the redistricting process, reduce the contentiousness that has historically resulted in timely and costly lawsuits, and increase public confidence in the electoral process and civic institutions.” Furthermore, Irvin-Vitela noted, “The public needs confidence that democracy works and that voters are choosing their elected officials rather than the perception that elected officials are choosing their voters.”

The Redistricting Task Force will meet remotely every two weeks beginning October, from 3-5 pm, and it aims to complete discussion, deliberation, and drafting of recommendations by late November. 

Taskforce Meeting Dates

 

Schedule coming soon.

 

The deadline for nominations closed on September 5, 2020.

 

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