Center for Civic Action

Our Mission

Educate, Engage, and Mobilize New Mexico

The Center for Civic Action (CCA), based in Albuquerque, NM, is 501(c)(4) organization whose mission is to educate, engage, and mobilize historically underrepresented communities in important elections and policy campaigns in New Mexico.  

We lead legislative advocacy campaigns at the state and local levels to advance progressive policies, and drive leadership development programs to help build the pipeline of future leaders.

Our Values

The Center for Civic Action is deeply committed to collective power building with our partners in New Mexico for our communities.

We are proud to support work that advances progressive policies through electoral, policy, and organizing campaigns. Our vision of a strong and inclusive democracy and economy that works for all everyday New Mexicans, and clean water, air, and land for generations is at the heart of what we do day-to-day. 

At the core of CCA, we have a desire to increase civic engagement and serve historically underrepresented communities.


We put power back into the hands of the people. We advocate for election reforms that would empower young and historically disenfranchised voters to make their voices heard.


Everyone deserves to live a dignified life with opportunities for growth and prosperity. We work towards a future where economic justice is realized through affordable housing options and meaningful actions against income discrimination.


With a rapidly changing climate, action must be taken quickly to protect our water, air, and land today and safeguard our natural resources for future generations. We advocate for climate justice that includes diversification of our economy, a just transition away from our reliance on fossil fuels, increased federal investment, and decarbonization.

community power

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immigrant rights

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Our leadership

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Oriana Sandoval
Chief Executive Officer

“To keep New Mexico a place where our children can find good jobs and a hopeful future takes civic action.  That’s the promise and the potential of what we’re building together.” 

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Melanie aranda

Chief Operating Officer

“Our communities working together have already won a raise for our teachers, protections for our environment, and inclusion for New Mexicans born across borders.  So much more is possible. Our elected leaders just need community to lead the way.”

2024 Elections & Voting

2024 Primary Election Information

Key Election Dates
May 7 

  • Clerks begin mailing absentee ballots to voters who have requested them. 
  • Books close for online and paper voter registration. 
  • In-person absentee voting and Same Day Registration at Clerk’s Annex begins. 

May 18 – June 1: Early voting and Same Day Registration expand from Monday to Saturday. Most locations open from 10am to 7pm.

May 21:  Deadline for absentee applications to be received.

June 1:  Early Voting Ends

June 4:  Election Day

Election Protection

Election Protection Hotlines:

  • English language – 866-687-8683 (866-OUR-VOTE)
  • Spanish language – 888-839-8682 (888-VE-Y-VOTE) 
  • Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Bengali, Hindi, Urdu, and Tagalog language – 888-274-8683 (888-API-VOTE)
  • Arabic language – 844-925-5287 (844-YALLA-US)

Common Cause Election Protection Information:

Visit for voting information. At, you can:

  • Register to vote or update your current voter registration
  • Request an absentee ballot online + check eligibility to join permanent absentee ballot list 
  • Find a voting location
  • See election dates
  • Request a military or overseas ballot
  • Look up third-party voter registration agents

New Mexico Online Voter Registration:

Find your registration status and election information:

New Mexico Absentee Application Request:

Bernalillo County Early Voting Information:

Santa Fe County Voting Information:


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For a Future Where Everyday New Mexicans can Thrive

Join our mission today and help us get historically underrepresented communities involved in important issue campaigns and elections across New Mexico. 

While the donation is not tax deductible, it will go far in helping us build a future where everyday New Mexicans can thrive.