We moved HB93 through the first hearing in House Consumer and Public Affairs! On a 3-2 partisan vote, supported by the Democrats, our bill moves on to the House State Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee. We hope to attract Republican support in the coming hearings. This is a non-partisan bill that benefits New Mexico, not a political party.

Here is the ABQ Journal’s coverage.

Thank you for your calls and e-mails to key committee members. Here is the list of committee members for the next committee. Please call and e-mail them:

Representative Georgene Louis - (D)
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4329
Home Phone: (505) 250-7932

Representative D. Wonda Johnson - (D)
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4433

Representative Gail Chasey - (D)Chasey
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4411
Office Phone: (505) 246-2221
Home Phone: (505) 266-5191

Representative Daymon Ely - (D)
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4332
Office Phone: (505) 248-0370
Home Phone: (505) 610-6529

Representative Dayan Hochman-Vigil - (D)
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4336
Office Phone: (505) 288-3500
Home Phone: (505) 948-2320

Representative Derrick J. Lente - (D)
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4341
Home Phone: (505) 507-3063

Representative Greg Nibert - (R)
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4211
Office Phone: (572) 622-6510
Home Phone: (575) 317-1050

Representative William "Bill" R. Rehm - (R)
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4214
Home Phone: (505)259-3398

Representative Martin R. Zamora - (R)
Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4211
Home Phone: (575) 309-2334

We do not know when the bill will be heard, but soon we hope. There will be a companion Senate bill introduced today.

Also, the County Clerk's Association is standing against open primaries. Please call your county clerk and ask them to tell their association to support HB93. They are saying it would be too hard to administer, but 41 states that have open primaries do it just fine and we know our clerks are as smart as election officials in other states.

Thank you to sponsors Reps. Daymon Ely and Natalie Figueroa. Thank you to Blair Dunn, Kathleen Burke, Bob Perls, Heather Nordquist and Steve Cabeides, all NMOP Board members or advisors, for attending the Santa Fe hearings as well as many of our fellow election reform advocates.

Stay tuned.


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NMOP’s Open Primaries bill is being heard tomorrow, January 29-please support it!

HB93, our semi-open primary bill, is being heard tomorrow in House Consumer and Public Affairs, at 1:30 am in room 317. It is last on the agenda, so could be heard around 3 pm or later.

Please call or e-mail the members of House Consumer and Public Affairs today and voice your support to allow DTS, independent and minor party voters to choose a primary ballot. This does not allow Republicans to vote in a Democratic primary or vice-versa.

Here is how you reach the members of this committee:

  • Representative Elizabeth "Liz" Thomson - (D)
    District: 24
    Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4425
    Capitol Room: 314B
    Home Phone: (505) 239-1781
  • Representative Andrea Romero - (D)
    Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4254
    Capitol Room: 203CN
    Office Phone: (505) 490-6155
  • Representative Candy Spence Ezzell - (R)
    District: 58
    Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4454
    Capitol Room: 203IN
    Home Phone: (575) 625-0550
  • Representative Angelica Rubio - (D)
    District: 35
    Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4227
    Capitol Room: 203A
    Office Phone: (575) 616-1090
  • Representative Gregg Schmedes - (R)
    District: 22
    Capitol Phone: (505) 986-4453
    Capitol Room: 203HN
    Home Phone: (505) 506-6725

After this committee the bill must go to House Elections and House Judiciary

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HB 93 Introduced - Full Text









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