NM lawsuit seeks straight party ticket voting

October 12, 2012 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The New Mexico Democratic Party filed a lawsuit Thursday seeking to restore an option for straight party ticket voting in the general election.

The lawsuit asks the state Supreme Court to order election officials to change ballots to allow voters in coming days and weeks to make a single mark to support a political party’s entire slate of candidates.

New Mexico uses a paper ballot system statewide but has equipment that prints ballots on demand at polling locations.

A lawyer in the case, David Thomson of Santa Fe, said the lawsuit does not seek to invalidate absentee ballots that have been mailed or cast since voting started Tuesday or to overturn ballots shipped to military personnel or civilians living overseas.

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