New Mexico Supreme Court to hear voting case
Author: Associated Press - September 5, 2018 - Updated: September 5, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear arguments next week in the fight over the secretary of state’s decision to reinstate straight-party voting ahead of the upcoming general election.
The court issued an order Tuesday, setting a hearing for Sept. 12 in Santa Fe.
Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is facing criticism after she announced last week she was formatting the ballots to allow voting in which a slate of major party candidates can be chosen all at one time.
Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat who is running for re-election, has argued that state statute gives her the authority to format the ballots.
Critics say there is no provision in state law that provides for straight-party voting and that the move was intended to give Democrats an advantage.