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!
The City of Albuquerque will hold an election for Mayor and City Council districts 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9 plus eleven general obligation bond issues on October 3. The long-awaited Voters’ Guide is now online! Visit the League's Elections Info page and see the responses of each of the candidates on the ballot and their color photos. The bond issues are listed in detail. The full text of the Sick Leave ordinance is there, in a font large enough to read. You can also download the PDF.
The League of Women Voters is helping with, and tracking, the large number of Mayoral and City Council Candidate Forums taking place. Be sure to attend at least one of these forums, so you'll have a better idea of how to vote! In addition, the League will be putting out a Voters’ Guide, both online and in printed format.
The Secretary of State has updated the voter rolls, removing about 90,000 names. You can double check your voter registration online and print a sample ballot for your precinct! Just visit the Secretary of State's page.
The Luncheon/General meeting on September 14 will feature political activist Rick Lass, discussing why the US Constitution needs to be amended. Mr. Lass has supported public campaign financing, ranked choice voting, independent redistricting commissions, and more. He believes that the civil rights challenge of our time is to clarify that money is not speech and corporations are not people. For more details, see the September Voter. Make your reservations for the luncheon by Monday, September 11.
The League has produced a Voters’ Guide for the Albuquerque election, but we still need contributions to pay for the publishing. Contributions to the Education Fund, which publishes the Voters’ Guide, are tax deductible.
The League's Education Fund is a 503(c) organization. Contributions can be made by check, credit card, and Paypal. You can also contribute via your Amazon.com purchases via Amazon Smiles, or your Smith's Food & Drug purchases via Smith's Community Rewards. You can continue to contribute after death via the JoAnne Ramponi Society.
We also appreciate contributions to the Operating Fund (although these are not tax deductible.)
There will be two unit meetings in August, the Luncheon Meeting featuring political activist Rick Lass, and a meeting on the ancient "Equal Rights Amendment" at the September 25 NE Heights meeting. Everyone is encouraged to attend and bring a friend! Details below...
at the MCM Elegante Hotel at 2020 Menaul NE
Political activist Rick Lass discusses why the civil rights challenge of our time is to clarify that money is not speech and corporations are not people. He believes that the answer is a Constitutional amendment. Much more detail is included i n the September Voter. Make a reservation to attend the luncheon and learn more!
Reservations are required. Call 505-884-8441 to reserve your place. The luncheon cost is $17 for members and $20 for non-members. Call or email (lunch at lwvcnm dot org) with your reservation; specify if you would like a vegetarian meal. The deadline is September 11, Monday preferably before 10am.
at the La Vida Llena Retirement Community at 10501 Lagrima de Oro Rd NE
The Equal Rights Amendment ("ERA") was first written in 1923, was up for ratification in the 1970s but failed when the ratification window closed in 1982. Dr. Ramos's presentation will include a short film on the history of the ERA and a discussion afterwards of what's being done today to turn the ERA into the law of the land.
The always 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 (booklet format, PDF). The Who's Who is a publication of the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico Education Fund (a 503(c3) organization).
October is 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.
The September 2017 Voter is online! Contents include: results of the recent fundraisers, an op-ed on why the Voters’ Guide should be allowed in polling places, update on APD Forward under the new Attorney General, opportunities for service (office volunteers needed!), a book review of The Second Nuclear Age: Strategy, DFanger, and the New Power Politics (Paul Bracken), and more.
You can view or download back issues of the Voter all the way back to 2005 by going to the Newsletters page.