Several county commissioners to join fray in opposing straight-party voting option | KOB 4

Several county commissioners to join fray in opposing straight-party voting option Web Staff
September 04, 2018 05:42 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Some New Mexico counties are planning to denounce an effort by the secretary of state to revive straight party voting ahead of this year's general election.


The option would allow voters to vote for parties of candidates on the ballot rather than individual contenders as early as November's election. 

Commissioners in Doña Ana, San Juan and Roosevelt counties are scheduled to discuss Maggie Toulouse Oliver's initiative Monday night. Many of them say they plan to publically oppose the move.

Toulouse Oliver announced the decision last week, and New Mexico's Republican and Libertarian parties – along with other groups – filed a lawsuit against her in response just days later. They claim Toulouse Oliver is violating the law and trying to give Democrats an unfair advantage.

The secretary of state said her announcement is about making voting easy and accessible for New Mexicans.

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