New Mexico GOP joins petition to stop...

New Mexico GOP joins petition to stop straight-party voting

Friday Aug 31 Read more: SFGate
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Republican Party said Friday it is supporting a bipartisan coalition fighting a move to bring back a straight-party voting option on ballots in November. The state GOP said it joined other groups in filing an emergency petition in the New Mexico Supreme Court to prevent the change. Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, has said she is formatting ballots to allow an entire slate of party candidates to be chosen at one time. That decision has drawn condemnation from Republicans, Libertarians and some Democrats who say it violates state law. They say the option would favor Democrats because those who choose it would reduce the likelihood they cast votes for candidates of other parties.

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