NM Election Roundup: Direct Voting, Campaign Finance Reports and More…

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September 12, 2018

Every week from now until the November 6 election, we’ll recap the big election stories each week.

The full version of this recap comes out every Tuesday morning—if you are not yet registered, You can do it here.

On to the recap!

  • Direct party voting has been a major campaign issue since Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver announced late last month that she put back the option on the ballots for 2018. Former SOS Dianna Duran pulled it before the 2012 election (Duran is a Republican).
    A lawsuit in the state Supreme Court says it’s against state law. Republicans, Libertarians and even a Democrat signed the lawsuit against Toulouse Oliver. But the office of Attorney General Hector Balderas, a Democrat, supported Toulouse Oliver in a court case last week reported the Albuquerque Journal.
    The high court will hear oral arguments from both sides today.
  • At least seven county commissions have announced they will oppose direct voting, but their hands may be tied. Daniel Ivey-Soto, executive director of the New Mexico Association of Counties Clerks Affiliation, issued a guideline for clerks who whatever the New Mexico Supreme Court decides would apply to every county Due to language in state law. The language gives the secretary of state the power to approve some parts of the ballot and the clerks, who administer elections in their counties, others.
    Ivey-Soto is also a Democratic member of the state Senate.
  • The issue of direct voting inspired libertarian Ginger Grider to run for Secretary of State, NM Policy Report reported last week. Grider is opposed to direct voting.
  • The campaign finance reports came out on Monday. And Republican Steve Pearce has more money than Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham, but Lujan Grisham has spent more and raised more in recent months. See our report hereincluding cash on hand from each statewide candidate who has filed a report.
  • Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for the US Senate received Rand Paul’s endorsement, the libertarian-leaning Republican U.S. Senator from Kentucky. Mick Rich, the Republican candidate said he was not surprised.
    “When I met with Rand Paul, he only asked me two questions: did I support legalizing marijuana and did I support government shutdown during federal budget negotiations,” Rich said in a statement. “My answer to both was no. So Senator Paul has found a candidate who agrees that legalizing marijuana is good and shutting down government is a good strategy.
  • For the full version of the election roundup, including controversial comments from a congressional candidate and what happened to the original date of a DWI trial for a state legislator, register for the full version.

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