SANTA FE ― Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver and her staff will conduct the legislatively-mandated, one-time realignment of certain elected office districts at 10 a.m. today.
The process is open to the public and media and will take place at the State Capitol in Santa Fe in addition to being live-streamed on the Legislature’s website.
This process, mandated by the passage of House Bill 407 during the 2019 Legislative Session, will consist of the Secretary of State’s Office conducting a one-time renumbering of Public Regulation Commission and Public Education Commission districts, along with magistrate judges and county officers, so that all odd-numbered districts appear on the presidential election ballot and all even-numbered districts appear on the gubernatorial election ballot.
The Secretary of State’s Office is not changing any district boundaries from which candidates are elected. When renumbering is required, the Secretary of State’s Office will make the fewest amount of changes to current district numbers as possible in order to align with New Mexico’s election code. In some cases, it will be necessary to extend the terms of certain offices to either 2022 or 2024 in order to fulfill the alignment mandates in House Bill 407. In those instances a drawing of lots will be used to determine who will receive an extended term.