New Mexico Urban County Charter Amendment (2014)

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Urban County Charter Amendment
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Constitution:Constitutional amendment
Referred by:New Mexico Legislature
Topic:County and municipal governance on the ballot
Status:On the ballot

The New Mexico Urban County Charter Amendment is on the November 4, 2014 ballot in New Mexico as a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment. The measure, upon voter approval, would allow certain counties, based on size and population, to become “urban counties” by appointing a charter commission of not less than three persons, drafting an urban county charter and submitting the proposed charter to voters. If voters approve the charter by a majority, then the county becomes an “urban county.”[1]

The proposed amendment was sponsored in the New Mexico Legislature by Sen. Gerald Ortiz y Pino (D-12) as Senate Joint Resolution 22.[2]

Path to the ballot

See also: Amending the New Mexico Constitution

According to Article XIX of the New Mexico Constitution, a simple majority was required in the legislature to refer the amendment to the ballot. SJR 22 was approved in the New Mexico Senate on February 19, 2014.[3] The amendment was approved in the New Mexico House on February 20, 2014.[4]

Senate vote

February 19, 2014 Senate vote

New Mexico SJR 22 Senate Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 37 94.87%
No25.13%

House vote

February 20, 2014 House vote

New Mexico SJR 22 House Vote
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 55 85.94%
No914.06%

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