Our open primaries bill sponsored by Rep. Daymon Ely and expertly supported by Reps. Natalie Figueroa and Joy Garrett, as well as our Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, has made it through two committees. This is further than it has ever gone!

Next is House Judiciary, which will be tough but possible. We think if we can get it through Judiciary that it will pass the full House and stands a good shot in the Senate. We are very excited that Chairwoman of Judiciary, Rep. Gail Chasey, voted for HB93 in the House Elections committee. This is the first time she has voted for an open primaries bill.

So far, no Republicans have voted for the bill, so if you have contacts with them, that would be really important. Also, three Democrats on House Judiciary have voted against the bill in previous sessions-Reps Mathew McQueen, Eliseo Alcon and Speaker Brian Egolf.

HB93 is not yet scheduled, but should be heard very soon. We will email you again as soon as we are made aware of the hearing in hope that you will attend and raise your hand in support. Your live presence is an important element of this process.

PLEASE CALL, WRITE AND SHOW UP in committee when it is scheduled! It will make a big difference when our legislators hear from regular voters and not lobbyists! Reach out now!

Here is the information on the House Judiciary Committee - follow the links for their contact information:

Title Name District Party Role
Representative Gail Chasey 18 D Chair
Representative Daymon Ely 23 D Vice Chair
Representative Eliseo Lee Alcon 6 D Member
Representative Deborah A. Armstrong 17 D Member
Representative Micaela Lara Cadena 33 D Member
Representative Christine Chandler 43 D Member
Representative Zachary J. Cook 56 R Member
Representative Brian Egolf 47 D Member
Representative Dayan Hochman-Vigil 15 D Member
Representative Georgene Louis 26 D Member
Representative Matthew McQueen 50 D Member
Representative Greg Nibert 59 R Member
Representative William "Bill" R. Rehm 31 R Member
Representative James G. Townsend 54 R Member

Remember, 41 states already have open primaries. Let’s not be the last to adopt this important voter engagement tool. More voters mean a stronger mandate and a more accountable government listening to everyone.


New Mexico Open Elections


New Mexico Open Elections advocates a simple, yet radical idea: no New Mexican should be required to join a political party to vote.