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Public Official Home Address Home Confidentiality

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking


The Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State (“Office”) hereby gives notice that the Office will conduct a public hearing on the described rules below.

The purpose of this hearing is to obtain public on a new rule, Public Official Home Address Confidentiality, to be codified as Part 1.10.37 NMAC.
A public hearing will be held on May 26, 2023, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, at the State Land Office, 310 Old Santa Fe Trail, Santa Fe NM 87504.

Attendees cannot park in the State Land Office parking lot, but must park at the PERA lot, one block east of the State Land Office.

The public hearing allows members of the public an opportunity to submit data, testimony, and arguments in person on the proposed rule changes detailed below. All comments will be recorded by a court reporter and/or audio recording.

Authority: Section 1-2-1 NMSA 1978; Section 10-16A-9 NMSA 1978; A new section of the Election Code as passed by the 56th Legislature during its first session in Senate Bill 180.


Purpose: To establish procedures for the secretary of state and county clerks for the non-disclosure of home addresses for public officials and candidates on election and financial-related documents.

Summary of Full Text: Section defines key terms like “election-related disclosures” and “financial-related disclosures.” Section 10.37.8 outlines uniform, effective procedure for public officials and candidates for the official designation of confidential home addresses. Section 10.37.9 provides for the preservation of original documents for instances of judicial review as now required by state statute.

Details for Obtaining a Copy of Rule and Submitting Oral or Written Comments: Copies of the proposed rule are available on the Office’s website at www.sos.nm.gov or can be obtained from the Elections Bureau & Ethics Division by calling (505) 827-3600 or emailing lindsey.bachman@sos.nm.gov. The proposed rule is also available on the New Mexico Sunshine Portal. Interested individuals may provide comments at the public hearing. Before the public hearing, written comments may be sent to Lindsey Bachman, Director of Legislative and Executive Affairs, via email at lindsey.bachman@sos.nm.gov, fax 505-827-8403, or by regular mail at Attn: Lindsey Bachman – proposed rule, The Office of the New Mexico Secretary of State, 325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300, Santa Fe, NM 87501. The deadline to receive written comment is May 25, 2023. All written public comments will be posted on the website throughout the written comment period at: www.sos.nm.gov.

Any person with a disability who needs a reader, amplifier, qualified sign language interpreter, or auxiliary aid or service to attend or participate in the hearing should contact (505) 827-3600 or email lindsey.bachman@sos.nm.gov (5) business days prior to the hearing.

Rulemaking Record

Public Official Home Address Confidentiality

Written Public Comment Received

Quick Contact Information

Mailing & Physical Address
New Mexico Capitol Annex North
325 Don Gaspar, Suite 300
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Hours of Operation
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM Monday through Friday

Toll Free : 1-800-477-3632

Business Services Division
Phone 505-827-3600 (Option 1)
Fax 505-827-4387
Email Business.Services@sos.nm.gov

Bureau of Elections
Phone: 505-827-3600 (Option 2)
Email: Elections@sos.nm.gov

Ethics Division
Phone: 505-827-3600 (Option 2)
Email: Sos.ethics@sos.nm.gov

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