The Redistrict New Mexico website has received information that the Guide to Fair Redistricting by James N. Fox is updated and available for download.
This Guide is written for citizens, advocates and members of redistricting commissions as well as legislators and judges. It discusses why Fair Maps are so important and describes explicitly the key element of a map that eradicates gerrymandering. The Guide presents evaluated examples of fair maps for a wide range of states, and provides a ready overview of a new procedure for constructing fair legislative district maps. Jim Fox Fair Maps Insights For more information [Read More]
New Mexico PBS, KNME-TV is continuing its commitment to keep residents updated about the Citizen Redistricting Committee. New Mexican’s can view the upcoming public hearings on the redistricting process, the meetings run through August 14th and can be available through resources available on a their Citizen Redistricting Committee website. The effort is part of the "Your New Mexico Government" project, a collaboration between KUNM, New Mexico PBS and the Santa Fe Reporter.
During our pandemic-borne podcast, EthicsNOW (www.ethicsnow.org), we asked guests what “ethics” meant to them. Collectively, guests spoke of honesty, integrity, keeping one’s word, thinking of the other not just ourselves, doing the right thing, creating equitable opportunities. High school students who responded to our essay contest prompt in 2019, “What does being ethical mean to you?” chose to write about many of the same things. [READ MORE]
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