New Mexico judge clears way for court cases on redistricting

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October 31, 2011

New Hampshire

ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico: Last week, District Judge James Hall rejected a proposal by Governor Susana Martinez to use a special master to draw new redistricting maps in New Mexico. The GOP favored this process while Democrats were opposed. Redistricting trials begin in December and will be finalized in January.[1]

The retired judge handling the redistricting lawsuits in New Mexico -- James Hall -- has set the timeline for court hearings about the four disputed maps (Congressional, State Senate, State House, and Public Regulation Commission). The dates are:[2]

  • December 5-8: Congressional map
  • December 12-15 and December 19-21: State House map
  • January 3-6 and January 9-10: State Senate map
  • January 11-13: Public Regulation Commission map

All 42 State Senate seats and all 70 House seats will be up for election in 2012. Democrats currently control both chambers.

New Mexico House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 36 38
     Republican Party 33 30
     Independent 1 0
Total 70 70


New Mexico State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 28 24
     Republican Party 14 17
Total 42 42

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