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November 5 — 5:30pm LWVCNM Board Meeting  Members are welcome to attend LWVCNM Board Meetings. Please send an email to Karen Wentworth if you wish to be on the zoom call.

November 13, Noon Zoom Lunch meeting – Speaker: Peter Kierst, UNM Political Science Lecturer and expert on Constitutional Law

November 16, Zoom Webinar 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Redistricting in New Mexico “A Troubled History and Opportunities for Change” Presented by Fair Districts for New Mexico, featuring Gwyneth Doland, Term Facilty, UNM Department of Communication & Journalism. Presenting a summary of her extensive study for New Mexico In Depth. 

November 26-27. Thanksgiving; office closed.

December 3, 5:30 p.m. LWVCNM Board Meeting. Members are welcome to attend LWVCNM Board Meetings, Please send an email to Karen Wentworth if you wish to be on the zoom call.

December 5, 10 a.m. to noon – Advocacy workshop to prepare to the 2021 Legislative Session. This will be a virtual event. The League of Women Voters of New Mexico presents “Effective Citizen Advocacy at the Legislature.” Speakers are Sen. Nancy Rodriguez, D-Santa Fe and Rep. Rebecca Dow, R-Grant, Hidalgo & Sierra, and Jim Jackson, former CEO of Disability Rights New Mexico. The public is welcome to attend.

December 10. Luncheon Unit meeting, with speaker Rachel Kleinfeld.


Renew Your Membership

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The League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico’s membership year begins October 1, although you can join at any time. Because of LWVCNM’s 501(c)(3) status, your dues are now tax deductible. To renew or join for the first time, click here.

Officers, Directors & Committee Chairs

  Co-Presidents Karen Douglas & Karen Wentworth
  1st Vice President Mary G. Wilson
  2nd Vice President Kathy Economy
  3rd Vice President Jennifer Black
  4th Vice President – Fundraising Eugenia Polevitzky
  Treasurer Denise Blood
  Secretary Ashley Benning
  Membership Donna Rigano
  Director – Public Relations vacant
  Director – At Large Judy Binder
  Director – Voter Services Mary Ellen Smith

Director – At Large

Director- At Large

Kathy Economy

Lani Desaulniers

  Technology Cheryl Haaker
  Newletter Mary G. Wilson
  Who’s Who Editor Ashley Benning
  Director – At Large, Administrative Coordinator Linda Adcox-Kimmel
  Nominating Committee Andrea Targhetta, Gail Owens, Lindsey Ritscher, MaryEllen Smith


The Bylaws of the League of Women Voters of Central New Mexico, Inc. are established by vote of the membership. Amendments may be introduced at least one month prior to the Annual Meeting, in writing, and require a vote of 2/3 of the voting members present to pass.

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The Voter, the Monthly Newsletter of LWVCNM

November 2020. Post-election general Zoom meeting with Peter S. Kierst, UNM; this year’s Voter Guide; expectations for election night and vote counting; the Observer Corps and several reports from the League’s new Observers; APD Forward report; Equal Rights in New Mexico (1972 amendment); and much more!

October 2020.  Annual Meeting, how to Zoom in, speakers, updated treasurer’s report; expanded office hours; Vote 411; Centennial notes; notice on voting and election work from the Bernalillo County Clerk; lots more.

September 2020.   Co-President Douglas’s editorial on the 19th Amendment plus background reading material, calendar updates for September through Annual meeting, the outline of the 2021 schedule, Observer Corps training (sign up now!), suggestions on how to make a difference in your community, the September 13 unit meeting (Jaime Diaz, deputy county clerk for Bernalillo), how to vote absentee by mail and when, LWVUS affirms the founding principles of the United Nations, and let’s not forget to tell everyone about our Voter Guide on!

August 2020 A big issue, with much information on the centennial of the 19th Amendment (August 26), back history of suffragists in New Mexico, photos of the new office (still closed), many photos both old and new, and lots more!
July 2020 Very important issue: the League office’s new location, online Unit meetings, watch “The Vote” on PBS, what happened at LWV US Convention, don’t forget the 2020 Census, help wanted for Voter Guide, history of Petroglyph National Monument, Racial Justice resolution, the continued relevance of the Kerner Commission – and much more!
June 2020 A big issue, containing the co-presidents’ report, events postponed or cancelled due to Covid-19, online substitutes and corresponding parliamentary procedures, upcoming PBS presentations (“The VOTE”), a call for book reviewers, the upcoming Virtual National Convention, report from Voter Services chair, support for Black Lives Matter movement, and more!
May 2020 In spite of the Covid-19 lockdown, this is a big, information-filled issue. Contents include thoughts on voting during a pandemic, and recollection that lobbying and passing of the 19th Amendment took place during the 1918-20 “Spanish flu” pandemic; a June Primary Voter Guide via; the August 29 Suffrage Centennial is still tentatively on; the Census and its importance; Redistricting and the League position; why Parliamentary Procedures; the updated Who’s Who; the Member Handbook, now in preparation; and more!
April 2020 This is your Annual Meeting issue! Be sure to either bring a printed copy (one is being mailed to you), or download it to your portable device when you come to Annual Meeting on May 2! (unless postponed due to CoVid-19). Contents include reports by all the officers, directors and committee chairs, financial reports and proposed budget, co-Presidents report addressing CoVid-19, the Member Handbook, nominations for new officers, proposed changes to the Bylaws and Dues, and much more!
March 2020 A big, colorful issue which includes reports on the month-long celebration of the League’s founding 100 years ago, Luncheon meeting 3/12 on Reproductive Rights, NE Heights unit on Sunshine Week/Open Government, co-Presidents’ report, community events in March celebrating women’s right to vote, spotlight on a member, planning for the Two Centennials Banquet August 29, update on APD Forward, calls for volunteers, and a reminder: the April Voter is the Annual Meeting issue: reports must be submitted by March 15.
February 2020 All the month’s special meetings: League 100th Birthday Party, Legislative reception, League Day at the Legislature, NE Heights Unit meeting; the co-presidents’ report and Vote411; historical presentation in Santa Fe on Women in our history; report on “Equal Means Equal” showings; results of Program Planning meeting; spotlight on member Karen Wentworth; and much more!
January 2020 A big issue, listing 2020 Centennial events and a reading list, the 3 unit meetings of January, League Day at the Legislature and the Legislative Reception, co-presidents report, update on Vote 411, the State League’s legislative priorities for the 30-day session, Program Planning Jan 11 (new location!), LWVNM work on Redistricting, and more!
December 2019 Includes information about Luncheon Unit/General meeting, LWVNM League Day at the Legislature, Advocacy Workshop in Santa Fe, preparing for the 2020 Legislative Session, tweeting, a report on last month’s unit on Judicial Selection in New Mexico, special screenings of “Equal Means Equal” and background on the ERA, heads up on the August Suffrage Anniversary Banquet, and MORE.
November 2019 Includes information on Luncheon Unit (Judicial Selection in New Mexico), the co-Presidents thank those who made the Voter Guide possible, UNM Distinguished Alumi award to Karen Douglas, help wanted in the League office, report on Luncheon meeting on 2020 Census, League outreach to Magdalena NM, Nov 28 National Day of Mourning, welcoming Mary Ellen Smith as new Voter Services chair, and more.
October 2019 Twelve pages, including October units on the Census and Election Security, reports on August and September League events, update on the APD/DOJ Consent Decree, and much more!
September 2019 Lots of great content again this month! The Luncheon unit featuring Judge Stan Whitaker “Inside the Second Judicial District Court”, NE Hights unit with Judith Deutsch on “Medicare for All”, teachers needed to help with the League’s Centennial Project, the co-Presidents on how League consensus works, spotlight on a long-term member, more of Shelly Shepherd’s report to Congress, how the Albuquerque City Council works, candidate and issue forums, a status report from APD Forward, updates on UNM’s Fall Lecture series on Jewish history, and more!
August 2019 This big 12 page issue contains information on the Luncheon meeting (“Moms Demand Action” for Gun Sense), upcoming events (community and statewide, as well as local League), the co-Presidents on election changes, spotlight on “Tooker” Walton, the Census and the Citizenship question, Suffrage in New Mexico on the League’s 75th birthday (Shelly Shepherd), New Mexico’s Nina Otero Warren, a pioneer in women’s rights and suffrage in New Mexico, summary of the State League’s board meeting in July, request for volunteers to help with Centenniall events – and even more!
July 2019 Do not miss this edition: it includes information on the Luncheon/General meeting with Albuquerque City Clerk Katy Duhigg, detailed discussion of the Supreme Court’s recent ruling on gerrymandering, report on last month’s luncheon meeting, spotlight on a 52-year League member, plans so far for the LWV Centennial and call for volunteers, help (and contributions) needed for the fall Voter Guide, the decisions from the June Calendar Planning meeting, outline of HR 1 (the “For the People” act), and yes, even more.
June 2019 The June Voter is 12 solid pages of information, including the June/July events (Calendar planning! Luncheon meeting!), reports from Annual Meeting and State Convention, information on Ranked Choice Voting (under “Instant Runoff” counting), the League Centennial and where to get more information, Voter Registrar training, a new series of members recalling their League experiences, and more!
May 2019 A big 8-page issue, with information about the upcoming Annual Meeting of LWVCNM, State Convention for LWVNM in Los Alamos (speaker is new Land Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard), summary of the April Luncheon meeting, and calls for volunteers for the Fall Voter Guide, planning the 2020 Centennial Celebration of LWV, a new liaison with APD Forward, and office help, and much more.
April 2019 This is the Annual Meeting issue – you will also receive a hardcopy, which you should bring with you to the May 4 annual meeting. The issue also discusses the April 9th unit at The Neighborhood (legislative wrap-up), a summary of the year from the co-Presidents, proposals for Program changes, the new budget, study committees, officer bios, and a book review of “AI Superpowerrs: China, Silicon Valley, and the New World Order” by Kai-Fu Lee.
March 2019 Contents include: Report from the co-Presidents on the League’s lobbying efforts in Santa Fe, March unit meetings, including Melanie Majors on “Transparency in State and local Agencies” and pending legislation at the luncheon meeting March 14, Aja Nicole Brooks at the NE Heights unit meeting March 25 on the work of the 2nd Judicial District Court’s Center for Self-help and Dispute Resolution, and A book review of “Them: Why we hate each other and how to heal” by Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse (R)
February 2019 Report from the Program Planning meeting, Luncheon meeting with Bernalillo County Commissioner Maggie Hart Stebbins, NE Heights unit has Paul Stokes discussing voter suppression, a book review of Political Tribes by Amy Chua, and the 99th Birthday of the League of Women Voters, Feb 14. Note also the Capitol Steps will perform Feb 10.
January 2019 A big important issue, with information on January Unit meetings, League Day at the Legislature, annual Program Planning, League-moderated forums on the APS Bond election, book review of “One Nation Divided”, and more.

La Palabra – the Quarterly Newsletter of LWV New Mexico

La Palabra comes out four times a year: Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Issues can be found (PDF) on the League of Women Voters of New Mexico website.

Affiliated Organizations

Greater Las Cruces
Santa Fe County
Los Alamos
LWV New Mexico
LWV United States