2021 has been a long year. Starting with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, it extended through attempts made by several state legislatures to erect barriers to voting and take back the authority to determine election results themselves rather than basing it on the tabulations of election officials—and votes cast by citizens. Here in New Mexico we are fortunate to have robust election administration at the state and local levels, with secure, accurate and accessible elections open to all qualified voters. But that does not mean we need to rest on our laurels. This session, Common Cause will focus on strengthening some of the basic safeguards to democracy at the local and state level. Our priorities may not elicit much razzle dazzle, but we believe in adequately funding some of the protections we already have established in the new Ethics Commission and in the Secretary of State’s Office.