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Judge delays ruling in New Mexico primary lawsuit

voteSANTA FE, N.M. —  A state district judge has delayed making a decision in the case of an independent voter who is challenging New Mexico’s two-party primary system.

State District Judge Denise Barela-Shepherd said Monday she wants both the Republican and Democrat parties in New Mexico to weigh in before she makes a ruling.

The lawsuit was filed by David Crum on behalf of the state’s 250,000 independent voters. The suit seeks to allow people the right to pick a party on the day of the primary so they can vote.

Currently, New Mexico’s state elections only let Republicans and Democrats vote during the primary.

Officials say voter turnout dropped eight percent in New Mexico’s June primary election, with only one in five Democratic and Republican voters casting ballots this year.