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Republican Congressional Candidate Gets on New Mexico Primary Ballot Despite Republican Party Hostility

Published on March 31, 2010, by in General.

Adam Kokesh has qualified for the New Mexico Republican primary ballot for the U.S. House race, district 3. He did so by collecting a number of additional signatures equal to 2% of the number of votes cast in the 2008 Republican primary for Governor in that district. He had already collected the same number of signatures before the preprimary convention.

If he had been recognized as having received 20% support at the party’s preprimary convention, he would not have needed that second batch of signatures. He got slightly more than 19.5% of the vote at that convention. New Mexico election code section 1-1-20, titled “Major Fractions” says, “In any place in the Election Code requiring counting or computation of numbers, any fraction or decimal greater than one-half of a whole number shall be counted as a whole number.” The Democratic Party of New Mexico this year interpreted that to mean that a candidate at the Democratic convention who got 19.69% of the delegate vote should be deemed to have received 20%, but the Republican Party does not follow the “Major Fractions” law.

5 Responses

  1. John Inderdohnen

    Right. The Republicans follow the Major INfractions Law!

  2. Not to get technical but he received 19.5 but the law says GREATER than .5, it does not say = to or > then.

  3. Richard

    I believe he received between 19.51% and 19.55%.

  4. Jim Riley

    I wonder if under Demomath a candidate who received
    5023 of 10000 votes would be found to have received 50.23 percents (sic), and that this would be truncated to 50 whole percents (sic). Since the candidate used up all 5023 of his votes just to get to 50 whole percents (sic), he would not have the extra vote needed for a majority.

  5. Thanks for the clarification.

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