Want to help create fair voting districts? State Ethics Commission seeks applicants

Want to help create fair voting districts? State Ethics Commission seeks applicants

  • Post published:April 14, 2021
  • Post category:News

The New Mexico State Ethics Commission is seeking applicants for the newly created Citizen Redistricting Committee to help draw new congressional and legislative districts based on new census data. As part of the recently passed Redistricting Act, the ethics commission will appoint three of the seven redistricting committee members, but applicants must fit the following criteria:

  • Two of the ethics commission appointees cannot be members of the Democratic or Republican parties. But independents, Libertarians and members of minor parties may apply.
  • The third ethics commission appointee must be a retired Court of Appeals judge or Supreme Court justice, who will serve as chair of the redistricting panel.

The commission is set to interview applicants and make its selections June 4. The new redistricting law goes into effect July 1. Language in the Redistricting Acts calls for the seven-member group to hold a series of public meetings and propose new maps for New Mexico’s congressional and legislative districts in a special legislative Session to be held late this year. 

To apply for a position on the Redistricting Committee,  click the link below to fill out an application with the Ethics Commission.