by Rebecca Álvarez
Across the nation, voters are deciding to fix what has been broken in our democracy.
In Florida, the Voting Rights Amendment restored the right to vote to ex-felons (except those convicted of murder or sex crimes). The pre-existing law stripping suffrage from these people was originally enacted to oppress African Americans during the Jim Crow era. The number of potential voters affected by this is between 840,000 and 1.4 million people. For a comparison, 840,000 is more people than the entire state populations of Vermont, North Dakota, Alaska, or Wyoming!
Voters successfully addressed the pervasive issue of gerrymandering in many states.
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City Councilor Carol Romero-Wirth recently sponsored a proposal to amend Santa Fe’s current Public Campaign Financing Code. The 2009 law contained a matching system which was invalidated by the US Supreme Court in 2011. The matching system currently being proposed will achieve constitutional compliance, allowing publicly funded candidates to be more competitive with privately funded opponents and respond more effectively to heavy spending.
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At our General Meeting on September 15, Ute Haker will talk about the National Popular Vote Coalition of New Mexico – what they are working toward and how we can support their efforts going into this Legislative season.
The “National Popular Vote Coalition of New Mexico” is a joint effort of citizen groups from across New Mexico who have come together to help pass New Mexico’s National Popular Vote bill during the 2019 legislative session Continue reading “The National Popular Vote and You”
Recently Robert Cordingley was elected to the New Mexicans for Money Out of Politics board of directors following the resignation of Ishwari Solluhub. Robert has been an active MOP member for almost two years. He is MOP’s webmaster and a member of the outreach committee. The MOP board is very fortunate to have Robert with his expertise in developing websites, project management and related matters.
Welcome aboard, Robert!
The Santa Fe City Ethics and Campaign Review Board (ECRB) is scheduled to meet Thursday, August 23, at 3 pm, in the Santa Fe Council Chambers (200 Lincoln Avenue – enter from the W. Marcy Street side). The Santa Fe Public Campaign Financing ECRB proposal is on the agenda, and it is an open meeting. Anyone who wants to attend is welcome.
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