Governor signs election consolidation legislation

Susana Martinez signs bill after vetoing it last year

The Daily Times staff
Rep. Paul Bandy, R- Aztec

AZTEC — After four years of working to secure passage of a bill to consolidate local elections, state Rep. Paul Bandy, R-Aztec, has seen the measure become law.

The Local Election Act mandates that certain local elections will be consolidated and held in November of odd-number years.

Starting in 2019, elections for school districts, community college districts, flood control districts, special zoning districts, soil and water conservation districts, and water and sanitation districts will be merged.

In 2022, the conservancy districts will be added to the consolidated elections.

The bill made it through the Legislature last year but was vetoed by Gov. Susana Martinez. Bandy said the governor had concerns about how the measure could impact photo identification laws.

Bandy said this year the legislation allowed cities that require photo identification to keep those requirements.

This year's bill was signed by Martinez Wednesday morning. All legislation that was not signed by the governor by Wednesday was pocket vetoed. That means, if the legislation was not signed, it dies without action by the governor.