Changes coming to outdated language in New Mexico constitution

SANTA FE, N.M. (KRQE) Outdated language in New Mexico’s voting laws is finally getting pulled.

Back in 2010, nearly 60-percent of state voters said “yes” to removing language preventing “idiots and insane persons” from voting.

That language isn’t consistent with federal law.

But a state commission ruled that any vote on election laws requires 75-percent to pass.

On Wednesday, the state Supreme Court overturned that ruling, saying the 75-percent rule was not meant to cover situations like this and a simple majority of 50-percent is enough.

“Our decision has to be based on what we honestly believe the law was intended to be,” said Justice Charles Daniels with New Mexico Supreme Court.

Another amendment that will now pass as a result of the decision will end a ban on holding school elections at the same time as general elections. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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