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Republican Party files lawsuit over straight-ticket ballots

Republican Party files lawsuit over straight-ticket ballots

Marian Camacho
August 31, 2018 02:44 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The Republican Party of New Mexico is putting up a fight over the secretary of state's recent decision to bring back the straight-ticket voting option on 2018 ballots.

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RPNM joined a bipartisan lawsuit, calling on the State Supreme Court to take action saying Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver does not have the authority to make the decision.

Back in March, Toulouse Oliver said she had hoped to allow straight-ticket voting in this fall's elections, and on Wednesday officially announced that the option would indeed be a part of the 2018 ballot.

The RPNM says the move is an attempt to "rig New Mexico elections."

“The Secretary of State is attempting a corrupt partisan power grab that has no support in New Mexico election law,” said RPNM Chairman Ryan Cangiolosi. “Not only is straight-ticket voting an attempt to undermine free and fair elections in New Mexico, it is also likely illegal. It's bad enough when the Chief Elections Officer changes the rules less than 70 days before the election, but that she did it when she herself is a candidate is nothing less than self-serving and opportunistic. Toulouse Oliver has shown that she is incapable of serving as both the referee of this election and a participant in it.”

The straight-ticket option allows voters to cast just one vote for one particular part, in turn casting their votes for every candidate in that party on the ballot.

In response to the lawsuit, Toulouse Oliver released the following statement:

“The straight-party voting option isn’t a partisan issue, it’s an access issue.  I’m committed to providing voters with as many options as possible to ensure eligible voters participate and to keep our democratic process strong.”

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