Legal questions raised about candidates filings

March 24, 2012 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Gary King’s office offered a legal defense Friday for the Senate’s top leader and several other candidates to remain on the primary election ballot despite the omission of some required information from their filing papers.

In a memo to the state’s top election official, King’s office said past legal rulings suggest that a New Mexico court would not reject the candidates because of a technical problem in the nominating petitions submitted by the candidates when they filed for office earlier this week.

Secretary of State Dianna Duran had asked King whether she should exclude Senate President Tim Jennings, a Roswell Democrat, and 11 other candidates from the June ballot.

At issue is what to do with candidates who failed to list on their nominating petitions the political district in which they’re seeking to run. A change in law in Login to read more

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