Santa Fe – Rep. Bill Rehm (R-Albuquerque) has introduced House Joint Memorial 11 (HJR 11) which outlines the process to recall a publically elected official in New Mexico. HJR 11 would allow voters a recall by filing a petition which would cite specific acts or failures on the part of the office holder. Any petition would require the signatures of at least 25% of the voters who participated in the election for the office in question. If certified, there would be a special election held within 90 days.

“The people of New Mexico should have office holders who are accountable to them every day, not just in an election year,” said Rep. Rehm. “Each elected official is here to do the work of the people and the people should have the power to remove them if they see fit.”

There is currently no process in place for constituents to recall an office holder in New Mexico. If HJR 11 is passed, it would go on the ballot for approval of the voters in the next general election.