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Question of term limits on New Mexico ballot

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June 30, 2010

SANTA FE, New Mexico: New Mexico voters will have to decide on term limits come November 2, 2010, as one of the five measures on the ballot this year will regard that issue. The measure will ask voters whether to extend term limits to the state's county officials. Under the proposal, also known as Senate Joint Resolution 5, county officials could not run for office right away after completion of a second term.

The measure is a legislatively-referred constitutional amendment, and would amend Section 10 of Article 2 of the Constitution of New Mexico to allow county officials to serve three consecutive terms instead of two. According to Article XIX of the New Mexico Constitution, it takes a majority vote of all members of both houses of the New Mexico State Legislature to refer a proposed amendment to the ballot. New Mexico is one of ten states that allows a referred amendment to go on the ballot after a majority vote in one session of the state's legislature.

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