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New Mexico Supreme Court Won’t Hear Constitution Party Case on Whether it is Still a Ballot-Qualified Party

The New Mexico Supreme Court has declined to hear Constitution Party of New Mexico v Duran, 34431. Any Supreme Court is always free to decline to hear a case filed directly with that court. The decision not to hear the case is not a decision on the merits, and the case can be re-filed in a lower state court.

The issue is whether the Secretary of State of New Mexico was correct to remove the Constitution Party from the ballot. The New Mexico Supreme Court never ever learned that the Secretary of State’s brief, asking the Court not to take the case, has important factual errors. The state’s brief told the court that in the past, parties were always removed after just one election if they didn’t meet the vote test. This is not true. Furthermore, the state’s brief did not even quote the complete sentence in section 1-7-2 that describes when a party must be removed from the ballot. The state’s brief did not include the first half of the sentence, which starts out “If two successive general elections are held…”

The New Mexico Green Party is in the same situation as the Constitution Party. Both parties successfully petitioned in 2012, expecting they would get the next two elections, but so far they are both off the ballot for 2014.

2 Responses

  1. Cody Quirk

    That sucks.

  2. Demo Rep

    How about a 24/7 World Supreme Election Law Court for the nonstop election law growing mess ???

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