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Judge rules against independent candidate

Created: 08/12/2014 2:19 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - A federal judge has ruled against a Public Education Commission member seeking to be placed on the general election ballot despite failing to turn in enough nominating signatures to qualify as an independent candidate.
    
District Judge Martha Vazquez last week denied Tyson Parker's request for an injunction against the secretary of state's office.
    
Parker sued last month, contending that New Mexico's election laws discriminate against independent candidates by requiring them to submit an unfairly high number of voter signatures on nominating petitions.
    
Vazquez ruled Parker hadn't showed he was likely to succeed in his constitutional challenge. She said the U.S. Supreme Court and 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals have rejected similar election law challenges.
    
Parker said Tuesday he's considering whether to appeal the ruling.

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