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Stay Legal by Knowing These Wacky New Mexico Laws

August 25, 2017

If you are a law-abiding citizen, chances are that you are able to go about your day without worrying about an encounter with a law enforcement agent. In the state of New Mexico, however, there are certain laws that may surprise even the most upstanding of residents. To help you stay legal and avoid trouble with the police, let’s review some of the wackiest New Mexico laws.

Indecent Exposure Law

New Mexico has some strange laws regarding nudity and indecent exposure. In fact, in New Mexico, it is perfectly legal for a man to be nude in public, as long as his private parts are covered properly. If you happen to see a nudist in New Mexico, you will need to think twice before you contact local law enforcement.

Voting Law

The voting laws in New Mexico include the controversial wording that idiots are not permitted to vote. The legal definition of an idiot describes the term as a person who is without understanding. Even though the wording of the law remains in place to this day, it remains hotly contested by voting rights activists and other organizations. Along with making it illegal for idiots to vote, New Mexico has a minimum voting age of 21 years, rather than the standard of 18 years of age.

Spitting on Sidewalks Law

In legal language, the act of spitting is actually referred to as expectorating. In New Mexico’s law books, it is against the law to expectorate on the steps of an opera house, church, schoolhouse, or other building where citizens are assembled. The origin of this unusual law against expectoration remains unknown.