New Mexico

There will be a hearing on the National Popular Vote bill (HB 55) on Wednesday January 23, 2019 at 8:30 AM at the Roundhouse State Capitol in Santa Fe.  The hearing will be by the House State Government, Elections & Indian Affairs Committee in room 305. You can make your opinion count at the hearing.  Committee Chairwoman Georgene Louis will ask all members of the audience to express their opinion by raising their hands at some point during the hearing. If you can't get to the hearing, you can watch online. Go to https://www.nmlegis.gov/ and click the “webcast” tab at the top of the page and find the House State Government, Elections and Indian Affairs Committee.

The National Popular Vote bill in New Mexico is endorsed by the League of Women Voters, Indivisible, Common Cause NM, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), NM Working Families, Communication Workers of America (CWA), Sierra Club, Fair Elections, ACLU, Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).  

In January 2019, the National Popular Vote bill for 2019 was filed in New Mexico by Representative Gail Chasey and Senator Mimi Stewart (status of HB 55).

  • Op-ed by Melora Palmer in Albuquerque Journal entitled "Let's make New Mexico's votes count again"

On January 12, 2019, over 100 people attended a meeting of the League of Women Voters in Santa Fe on the National Popular Vote bill.  Hannah Burling of the League of Women Voters of Santa Fe County was the moderator.  Speakers included Senator Mimi Stewart, Representative Daymon Ely, Representative Linda Trujillo, and Representative-elect Andrea Romero.  

Meeting in November 2017 in Santa Fe on National Popular Vote.

New Mexico Senator Mimi Stewart answers questions at January 12, 2019 meeting of League of Women Voters in Santa Fe

In 2018, National Popular Vote has been meeting with legislators and others in order to build up support for passing of the National Popular Vote bill during the 2018 session of the New Mexico legislature.   Article   In 2018, Representative Daymon Ely introduced the National Popular Vote bill (HB 167) in the New Mexico House.  Senator Cisco McSorley introduced the bill (SB 158) in the Senate.

On February 20, 2017, the New Mexico Senate passed the National Popular Vote bill by a 26-16 margin (Status of SB 42).  News article. On March 7, 2017, the House state Government, Indian, and Veteran's Affairs Committee approved the bill on a 5-4 vote, but on March 9, 2017, the House Local Government, Elections, Land Grants and Cultural Affairs" Committee tied 3-3, thereby defeating the bill in New Mexico for the 2017 session.

New Mexico Senator Mimi Stewart (sponsor of SB42) during February 20, 2017, floor debate in the New Mexico Senate, with National Popular Vote President Barry Fadem (seated)

On February 15, 2017, the Senate Judiciary Committee approved the National Popular Vote bill by a 7-4 vote (Status of SB42). 

On February 3, 2017, the Senate Rules Committee approved the National Popular Vote bill by a 6-2 vote (Status of SB42).

In January 2017, Senator Mimi Stewart introduced the National Popular Vote bill (Status of SB42), as did Senator Carlos R. Cisneros (Status of SB54), and Senator Cisco McSorley (Status of SB102).  

On February 20, 2009, the New Mexico House of Representatives passed the National Popular Vote bill.

On January 2012, the Citizen Panel on the Electoral College and the National Popular Vote Plan created by a resolution of the New Mexico House of Representatives released its final report. The report was authored by Prof. Lonna Rae Atkeson (Director for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy), Kim Proctor, and Jim Noel. View Report

A survey of 800 New Mexico voters conducted on December 16-17, 2008 showed 76% overall support for a national popular vote for President. Support was 84% among Democrats, 64% among Republicans, and 68% among independents. By age, support was 73% among 18-29 year olds, 73% among 30-45 year olds, 78% among 46-65 year olds, and 76% for those older than 65. By gender, support was 84% among women and 66% among men. By race, support was 73% among whites (representing 55% of respondents), 83% among Hispanics (representing 38% of respondents), and 57% among Others (representing 7% of respondents). The survey had a margin of error of plus or minus 3 1/2%.