redistricting

NM Redistricting Public Comment Portal, Districtr

Earlier this month, KUNM reported about an online portal, Districtr, where New Mexicans can draw and submit their own maps to the Citizen Redistricting Committee, or CRC, for consideration. Kathleen Burke, project coordinator of Fair Districts for New Mexico, spoke with KUNM about the importance of newly-released 2020 Census data now available on the portal.

Nash Jones

As New Mexico redraws the district boundaries for its state legislature, U.S. House and Public Education Commission, pueblos across the state are collaborating on maps that reflect their peoples’ issues and needs. Tribal leaders are calling on the state’s redistricting committee to adopt the maps they put forward. 

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The once-a-decade redistricting process is underway in New Mexico. The Citizen Redistricting Committee, newly-established under the 2021 Redistricting Act, is charged with proposing new maps to the legislature. The group began holding its first set of public meetings this week. 

New Mexico Legislature, nmlegis.gov

Following last year’s Census, New Mexico lawmakers will redraw congressional and state legislative districts this fall. A coalition of community organizations has launched a campaign to ensure the public have a say in where those lines are drawn.

New Mexico PBS

Every 10 years after the census, the New Mexico state Legislature redraws its districts. While redistricting is always a contentious and often partisan task, this year, the drama is being felt by both parties. On Saturday, a compromise was reached: An independent committee would offer three to five maps that lawmakers choose from—and can change—before sending one to the governor. This clears the way for the bill to hit the Senate floor. KUNM spoke with Gwyneth Doland of New Mexico PBS to get a breakdown of the situation.

No More Normal: Disappearing Acts

Jul 27, 2020
Leslie Granda-Hill / 2020

This week, we get into what has disappeared from our lives—good or bad—during the pandemic. Episode 2 is all about what’s going, going, gone, maybe for good. We learn of attempts to erase people from the Census. We talk to Sen. Martin Heinrich about the erosion of our civil liberties. We reflect on what’s fading from our relationships and mental wellness. We hear from a COVID-19 survivor, so the realities of the virus don’t slip away. We examine the consciousness of community and the loss of a collective future with an international futurist. We reflect on a disappearing chicken and what life was like pre-pandemic. And we try to see and hear a vanishing Rio Grande.

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Next year’s census will set the stage for redistricting in 2021. A new report examines the history of drawing electoral districts in New Mexico and what state lawmakers could do to ensure a transparent and fair process.

Measure Would Take Redistricting From Lawmakers

Mar 3, 2017
New Mexico Legislature mapping tool

The 2020 census is fast approaching and some lawmakers in Santa Fe are pushing for voting districts to be redrawn by an independent commission.

Redistricting Could Be Done By Citizens

Feb 1, 2016
New Mexico Legislature

A plan to give individual voters more influence in elections hit a roadblock on Friday but is expected to get a hearing this week. The proposal (HJR 1) introduced by Rep. Carl Trujillo, D-Santa Fe, would amend the state constitution to create an independent citizen group that would be in charge of redistricting.

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Fights over drawing new political districts are heating up in several states. In Nevada, the redistricting issue is in the courts. As Jude Joffe-Block reports for the Fronteras Changing America Desk, a state district judge has appointed three citizens to draft the district maps.

Democrats Prioritizing Redistricting Over Gov's Proposals

Sep 19, 2011
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Lawmakers are into their third week of the special session on redistricting at the state Capitol. KUNM's Marjorie Childress is covering the action in Santa Fe. She joined me to discuss why Democrats are not yet working on the agenda items that were added by Republican Governor Susana Martinez. Instead they're focusing on redistricting. Marjorie Childress reports for KUNM. She is also the Editor of the New Mexico online news and views website, El Grito.

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Two tribes with competing interests are ready to cooperate in one Arizona congressional district. Laurel Morales reports from the Fronteras Changing America Desk representatives from the Hopi and Navajo tribes say they want to try something different.