This just in from the: we’re not going to have any statewide candidates this year in New Mexico.
From the article:
A federal judge has rejected a constitutional challenge to New Mexico’s law governing whether minor party candidates can run for office.
The ruling by U.S. District Judge Martha Vazquez means the Libertarian Party will have no candidates for statewide office on the Nov. 7 general election ballot.
Check out these ridiculous requirements:
To qualify to have candidates on the ballot, a political party in New Mexico must submit petitions with a certain number of signatures of registered votes. If successful _ such as the Libertarians and Green parties in New Mexico, a party initially earns “minor party” status under state law.
Candidates nominated by a minor party individually must submit nominating petitions _ with slightly more than 4,800 voter signatures for a statewide office this year _ to gain a place on the general election ballot.
Unlike “major” political parties in New Mexico _ Democrats and Republicans _ minor parties do not hold primary elections. Democratic and GOP candidates file nominating petitions to run in the primary, but party nominees automatically appear on the general election ballot.
The lawsuit contended that New Mexico is the only state to have a two-petition system for minor parties to get their candidates on the ballot.
That’s right, after all your hard work to get on the ballot in the first place, you… get to file even more petitions to get on the ballot. If that isn’t some Republicratic wet dream, I dunno what is.
So yeah, LPNM… I feel your pain.