Santa Fe, NM – Tonight the House of Representatives concurred with the Senate-authored changes to House Bill 174, a bill to consolidate all local elections to the same day. The bill is sponsored by Reps. Paul Bandy (R-San Juan) and Jim Smith (R-Bernalillo, Sandoval and Santa Fe) as well as Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto (D-Bernalillo).
House Bill 174 streamlines local elections to encourage voter participation. It creates a uniform process for local elections and requires that those elections be held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday of November in odd-numbered years. The act will apply to elections for school districts, community college districts, special hospital districts, water conservation districts, and water and sanitation districts, among others. Municipalities will have the option to opt out of the requirements of the act.
"I've been working on this proposal for the past three years, and I am gratified to see it move on to the Governor's desk," said Bandy. "Consolidating these local elections will engage more people in the local governing process. It will also give voters more input on the policies and taxes that affect them. Passing this bill is a victory for the voters of New Mexico."
House Bill 174 now goes to Gov. Susana Martinez for her signature.