New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Vacancy Act, Amendment 5 (2008)

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The New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Vacancy Act appeared on the November 4, 2008 ballot in New Mexico. It was one of five proposed constitutional amendments the New Mexico Constitution that were legislatively-referred to the ballot by the New Mexico State Legislature.

Election results

Amendment 5 (2008)
ResultVotesPercentage
Approveda Yes 477,975 68.90%
No215,72731.10%

Election Results via: New Mexico Secretary of State

Specific Provisions

The proposed amendment provides that, in the case of a vacany in the office of Lieutenant Governor, the Governor shall fill the vacany by appointment with the consent of the Senate.

Background

Article V. Section 7 currently states "…In case there is no lieutenant governor, or in case he is for any reason unable to perform the duties of governor, then the secretary of state shall perform the duties of governor, and, in case there is no secretary of state, then the president pro tempore of the senate, or in case there is no president pro tempore of the senate, or he is for any reason unable to perform the duties of governor, then the speaker of the house shall succeed to the office of governor, or act as governor as hereinbefore provided. (As amended November 2, 1948.) "[1]

Supporters

State senator Gerald Ortiz y Pino introduced Senate Joint Resolution 8 (SJR 8) which authorized placing the proposed amendment on the ballot.

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