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SANTA FE – New Mexico’s closed primary system is coming under fire once again, as four registered voters argued in a petition filed Tuesday with the state Supreme Court that the state’s current setup unconstitutionally benefits major political parties at the expense of taxpayers.
Currently, only registered Democrats and Republicans can vote in their respective primary election in New Mexico, leaving independent voters – or those who decline to affiliate with a political party – unable to participate.
Despite that setup, the number of independent voters in New Mexico has grown steadily in recent years. There were 278,146 such voters as of last month – or roughly 22 percent of the total registered voters statewide, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.