SENATE MEMORIAL 12
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2020
REQUESTING THE SECRETARY OF STATE TO STUDY AND PROVIDE RECOMMENDATIONS ON INSTITUTING OPEN PRIMARY ELECTIONS.
WHEREAS, increasing participation in all levels of the political process will produce a stronger mandate to govern; and
WHEREAS, twenty-five percent of all New Mexico voters choose not to affiliate with a major political party; and
WHEREAS, sixty percent of younger voters choose to be independent voters; and
WHEREAS, voters' tax dollars should not fund elections those voters cannot participate in; and
WHEREAS, New Mexico as a state has among the lowest rate of voter turnout and the highest rate of non-competitive elections in the country; and
WHEREAS, increasing participation in all levels of the political process will strengthen democracy and provide increased civil discourse; and
WHEREAS, semi-open primaries allow non-affiliated voters to participate exclusively in one primary and increase the responsiveness of primary candidates to their communities; and
WHEREAS, denying participation in primary elections is a form of disenfranchisement;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO that the secretary of state be requested to study open primaries, in their various forms, and develop recommendations on instituting a form of open primaries in the state; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the secretary of state provide recommendations for legislation to open New Mexico's primary elections to the appropriate interim legislative committee before November 1, 2020; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that copies of this memorial be transmitted to the secretary of state and the co-chairs of the New Mexico legislative council.
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