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The League's Mission:
Education and Advocacy

The League of Women Voters, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues, and influences public policy through education and advocacy. We encourage you to become a member!

Democracy Begins at Home

Consensus on "Money in Politics" Study

In light of forty years of changes in campaign finance law and custom since the Watergate reforms were enacted, the National League of Women Voters adopted a study, in order to enhance member understanding of the new schemes and structures used to influence elections and erode protections against corruption in our political process. Goals of this study included updating the League's position on campaign financing (unchanged since 1984) to take into account First Amendment issues regarding "freedom of speech" and reviewing possible responses to counter the erosions of the Watergate reforms.

The League of Women Voters will be holding a consensus on the output of this study on November 10, 6:00pm at the Erna Fergusson Library. To find out more about the study and access background materials, please check out the Money in Politics page. All League members are encouraged to attend and participate in the consensus meeting. This is how League formulates and creates its positions: via study, discussion, and consensus among members. Please review the information at the Money in Politics page and attend the November 10 meeting!

Protecting your right to vote since 1920

2015 Who's Who

The popular Who's Who, listing all your elected officials and how to contact them is available at libraries, multigenerational centers, the League office, and online (PDF form). The Who's Who is a publication of the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico Education Fund (a 503(c) organization).

If you would like to help finance the Who's Who, please consider a contribution to the League's Education Fund. We would be most grateful!

Join the League!
or Renew Your Membership

October will be membership renewal time, but it's always a good time to join the League of Women Voters! And now you can pay online! Check out the new Join Us page. You can pay online via Paypal or your credit card, or print out a copy of the membership application and mail in your check in the traditional way.


October Unit Meetings:
Featured Speaker Senator Martin Heinrich

All unit meetings are open to the public. Bring a friend!

Luncheon Meeting, Friday October 9, 11:45am
*** Special date ***

United States Senator Martin Heinrich

      at the MCM Elegante Hotel at 2020 Menaul NE

In cooperation with the Albuquerque Press Women, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich will speak at the October 9 Luncheon Meeting. Senator Heinrich, a member of the Select Committeee on Intelligence and the Armed Services Committee, will discuss Balancing Civil Liberties with National Security in a Digital Age. Sen. Heinrich is an original co-sponsor of the "USA FREEDOM Act", a bill to end the National Security Agency's bulk collection of Americans' phone and other records, and to ensure more accountability and transparency with respect to government surveillance activities. He also strongly supported the release of the committee's report on the CIA's detention and interrogation programs and supports a series of reorms to prevent the future use of torture. See the October Voter for more detail!

Reservations are required. Call 505-884-8441 to reserve your place. The luncheon cost is $17 for members and $20 for non-members. Be sure to specify whether you want the vegetarian selection when you call in (884-8441) or email (lunch at lwvcnm dot org) your reservation. The deadline is October 6, Tuesday, preferably before 10am.


October Voter Online

The October 2015 Voter is now online. Contents include descriptions of the October Unit meetings, planning for the "Money in Politics" consensus on Nov 10, a reminder to renew your membership, summary of the September Board meeting, Bernalillo County's plans to increase voter registration (and you can help!), and a book review of The Great War of Our Time by Michael Morell and Bill Harlow. Check it out!

You can view or download back issues of the Voter all the way back to 2005 by going to the Newsletters page.

Summer La Palabra Online

La Palabra logo

La Palabra, the newsletter of the State League, is posted online at the Newsletters page. The most recent issue is the Summer 2015 issue (PDF). Contents include reports from Convention and the Local Leagues, an update on the San Juan Generating Station, an op-ed on Election Modernization by Bernalillo County Clerk Maggie Toulouse Oliver, the new Communications chair, Santa Fe's Independent Redistricting Commission, and more! Keep up to date by reading La Palabra!