The Princeton Gerrymandering Project, a group that provides nonpartisan analysis to understand and eliminate partisan gerrymandering at a state-by-state level, is placing a focus on New Mexico’s redistricting process.
The nonprofit organization recently released videos on its YouTube channelto help prepare the state’s Citizen Redistricting Committee for its work. The training videos are also available for the general public, and can help anyone develop a better understand the redistricting process as it relates to New Mexico Law. The two videos include The Voting Rights Act & New Mexico Demographicsand Redistricting 101 and New Mexico Law.
The Princeton Gerrymandering Project also posted a New Mexico Overviewthat identifies State Legislative and Congressional alerts; the state is currently listed as “guarded.”
Utilizing the new public mapping feature, developed by the Citizen Redistricting Committee’s vendor Districtr, is about to get easier for New Mexico residents.
Districtr developers (affiliated with Tufts University) are providing training workshops both in Spanish and English. The university already offers weekly workshops in English on Wednesdays. Soon, Spanish language workshops will be available. All training is complementary, there is no charge to participate.
To sign up for the Wednesday trainings in English, click here: https://tufts.zoom.us/j/93392943541?pwd=eTlPSjZVM2E1YTl4ZnllNVEwRFdhdz09
The Spanish workshop registration can be accessed here: https://tufts.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJYsd-2ppj4tH9IGmNd5WGErjcR1TpOlkraM
To take a look at the new mapping program, visit: https://portal.newmexico-mapping.org
The Citizen Redistricting Committee (CRC) unveiled the New Mexico Redistricting Public Comment Portalwhere residents can provide written testimony, submit a districting plan (partial or whole), or submit a community of interest map.
“Tell the line-drawers what matters to you, and put your community on the map!” The website also shares, “For decades, best practices in redistricting have included featuredcollection of public input so that line-drawers can respect communities of interest. But the current cycle is the first one where the broad public has access to online tools to draw lines themselves. These recommended boundaries will be considered by NM’s Citizen Redistricting Committee (CRC) that provide a bridge from communities and neighborhoods to the line-drawers themselves.”
The Citizen Redistricting Committee (CRC) announced eight meetings where there will be an opportunity for the public to participate either through in-person attendance or participating in a virtual setting.
Based on the CRC rules, these meetings will be public hearings regarding district plans. The first eight meetings offer the public the best opportunity to share ideas about how their communities should be drawn, including which neighborhoods, counties or pueblos should be kept together when creating voting boundaries. The meetings do not have a time limit.
Meetings will be conducted in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Albuquerque (two meetings), Farmington, Roswell, Las Cruces and Española. For more information about the eight unique meetings, visit our Upcoming Events section.
Later in the fall, a second set of meetings will reveal actual proposed maps.
Citizen Redistricting Committee Meetings
Monday, August 2, 3 pm
New Mexico State Capitol, Room 307
Thursday, August 5, 3 pm
New Mexico Highlands University, Student Union Building Theater
Saturday, August 7, 1 pm
West Mesa High School, Art Theater
Monday, August 9, 3 pm
San Juan College, Henderson Fine Arts Center
Wednesday, August 11, 3 pm
Eastern New Mexico University, Instructional Technology Center
Thursday, August 12, 3 pm
New Mexico State University, Golf Course Clubhouse
Saturday, August 14, 1 pm
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Rooms Chaco 1 & 2
Sunday, August 15, 1 pm
Santa Claran Hotel and Casino