SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 6
54th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2020
Bill Tallman and Daymon Ely
A JOINT RESOLUTION
PROPOSING AN AMENDMENT TO ARTICLE 5, SECTION 1 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO TO PROVIDE THAT THE SECRETARY OF STATE IS ELECTED IN A NONPARTISAN ELECTION IN ODD-NUMBERED YEARS.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. It is proposed to amend Article 5, Section 1 of the constitution of New Mexico to read:
"The executive department shall consist of a governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, attorney general and commissioner of public lands, who shall, unless otherwise provided in the constitution of New Mexico, be elected for terms of four years beginning on the first day of January next after their election. The governor and lieutenant governor shall be elected jointly by the casting by each voter of a single vote applicable to both offices. Following adoption of this 2020 amendment, the secretary of state shall next be elected in a nonpartisan election in 2023 and every four years thereafter in a nonpartisan election, as provided by law.
Such officers shall, after having served two terms in a state office, be ineligible to hold that state office until one full term has intervened.
The officers of the executive department, except the lieutenant governor, shall during their terms of office, reside and keep the public records, books, papers and seals of office at the seat of government.
[Upon the adoption of this amendment by the people, the terms provided for in this section shall apply to those officers elected at the general election in 1990 and all state executive officers elected thereafter.]"
SECTION 2. The amendment proposed by this resolution
shall be submitted to the people for their approval or
rejection at the next general election or at any special
election prior to that date that may be called for that
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