In the wake of the 2020 elections and resulting lack of confidence in the outcome, state legislatures across the country reviewed their election laws and proposed and/or enacted certain modifications to existing law. While our country remains bitterly divided, a battle is taking place as to whether these laws suppress the vote or expand access to the ballot box. Many believe claims of voter suppression from the Left are part of a larger effort to federalize our elections. But the U.S. Constitution grants state legislatures authority to establish state election laws.
Learn more about state election law reforms and decide for yourself. Do you want bureaucrats in Washington, D.C. controlling local elections or do you want your state lawmakers to write laws that meet your state’s unique characteristics?
Absentee Ballot Application
|Pre-COVID||During 2020||2021 Legislative Activity|
|Excuse||No excuse required||No Changes||No Legislative Activity|
|Automatic||No; application is required.||Absentee ballot applications were sent to all registered voters for the general election.||No Legislative Activity|
|Deadline||14 days before Election Day||No Changes||No Legislative Activity|
|Valid for X# of Cycles||1||No Changes||No Legislative Activity|
The American Conservative Union Foundation rates all members of the legislature to track how they vote on key legislation. A high rating reflects a more conservative voting record.
New Mexico averages a 39% rating, reflecting its more centrist position. Visit their ratings page to learn more about individual voting and why ACU opposed or supported the legislation.