What’s on the Ballot in New Mexico?

There’s no doubt that New Mexico government is sorely lacking in transparency. That is one reason that improving transparency has become a central focus of our work. See our legislative tracking site: www.newmexicovotes.org. Of course, nothing is more basic to transparency than knowing what is on the ballot. Thus, it is all the more disappointing that it is so hard for voters to find out exactly what they’ll be voting on in five weeks.
The only information I could find in my internet search of 2008 ballot measures turned up this site from ballotpedia. Unfortunately, the Secretary of State’s website had no information available. Bernalillo County claims to have a “sample ballot,” but the information presented at this link is less than optimal.
Colorado too is ahead of New Mexico. This handy site has links to a list of candidates and ballot measures.
This is not the way things are done in other states. Check out Arizona’s Secretary of State website has ballot measures online in both Spanish and English. New Mexico needs to get its act together by publishing all ballot measures and candidate lists on the Secretary of State website. Contact her here.

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