Fri. May 24th, 2024

New Mexico Supreme Court rejects petition to scale back in-person voting

SANTA FE (AP)- The New Mexico Supreme Court on Tuesday, April 14, ordered state and local election authorities to distribute absentee ballot applications to all registered voters while rejecting a petition to scale back in-person voting in response to the coronavirus.

The Associated Press reported, that the court ruled unanimously in rejecting a petition from a majority of county clerks to send ballots without request to nearly all registered voters and scuttle with traditional in-person voting in the June 2 primary.

According to health officials, the pace of coronavirus infections in New Mexico is expected to peak in late May under recent modeling putting the pandemic on a collision course with New Mexico’s primary, amid a state-by-state partisan legal fight over how voters can safely cast their ballots if the coronavirus outbreak persists into the November election.

Curry county officials opposed the idea of an all mail-in election in a special meeting on Monday.

Attorney Carter Harrison, representing the GOP, said the practice of distributing ballots directly to all verified addresses for registered voters is limited by law to special elections involving ballot initiatives and that the Supreme Court would overstep its authority by ordering that procedure, infringing on the authority of lawmakers.


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