SANTA FE – Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver’s decision to reinstate straight-party voting for the November general election has brought together an unlikely group of allies for a court challenge.
The New Mexico Republican and Libertarian parties, along with two outside political groups and a Democratic write-in candidate, filed a petition with the state Supreme Court late Thursday seeking to bar the straight-party voting option for the Nov. 6 election.
In the 25-page court filing, the petitioners claim that Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, overstepped her authority by bringing back straight-ticket voting without holding any public hearings. They also say Democrats stand to benefit from the move.
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