NM lawsuit seeks straight party ticket voting

Posted at: 10/11/2012 7:29 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The New Mexico Democratic Party has filed a lawsuit challenging the lack of a straight party ticket voting option in the general election.

The lawsuit was filed Thursday with the state Supreme Court and also contends that ballots improperly have the emblems of political parties next to the names of presidential candidates.

In the past, party symbols were next to the place on the ballot allowing voters to make a single mark to support a party's entire slate of candidates.

The lawsuit names Secretary of State Dianna Duran as the defendant. She contends state law doesn't authorize the straight ticket option.

The lawsuit asks the court to restore a straight ticket option on ballots that will be cast. It doesn't seek to invalidate absentee ballots cast since voting started Tuesday.

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