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Posted: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 9:00 pm | Updated: 7:24 am, Wed Jul 30, 2014.

State Attorney General Gary King is asking to intervene in a lawsuit claiming a state law is unconstitutional because it prevents more than 236,000 independent New Mexico voters from participating in primary elections.

In a motion filed in state District Court in Albuquerque on July 17 in defense of the state law, King writes, “This intervention is necessary due to the Secretary of State’s refusal to do so.”

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8 comments:

  • Joseph Hempfling posted at 11:51 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    joehempfling Posts: 417

    Once again Gary demonstrates he is behind the times and unfit, unqualified and out of touch to be our next Governor, in my opinion. The law he is 'volunteering" to uphold is blatently unconstitutional and designed by both parties to keep things as they are.
    We need change, more citizens to participate (if allowed) and this is a step in that direction. Democracy is a participants sport and starts when we show up AND VOTE. ALL OF US !

     
  • John Edwards posted at 11:39 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Dj JohnEdwards Posts: 27

    These politicians should be ashamed of their stances. This happens in many states but the sea-change is coming. Preventing people from voting is a game played by both sides when it is advantageous to their side; it is time for more than just two-sided politics.

     
  • Steve Salazar posted at 11:19 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Steve Salazar Posts: 1447

    We need open primaries, I would love to vote for the weakest democrat candidate, as the democrats would love to vote for the weakest Republican candidate.

     
  • Mark Ordonez posted at 9:32 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 980

    Geezus Christo, he constantly looks three sheets to the wind.

     
  • Michael Numan posted at 8:43 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    mnuman Posts: 22

    This report is not written clearly. You say: 'In a motion filed in state District Court in Albuquerque on July 17 in defense of the state law, King writes, “This intervention is necessary due to the Secretary of State’s refusal to do so.”'
    But what exactly was the defense of the law that King presented?
    You criticize Duran for not offering an affirmative defense of the law, but you don't express what King's affirmative defense was.

     
  • Michael Murray posted at 7:59 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Mike M Posts: 109

    Obviously Mr. King wants to keep membership in the exclusive D and R primary club...exclusive. If they let the non-aligned free thinkers in we might screw up their plans. Sounds like Chicago politics.

     
  • Jan Turri posted at 7:52 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    Laluz Posts: 1

    I and many others I know would register as Independents if we could still vote in the primary. We should all vote for the person not the party. The party system is run its course and now it seems to be more about opposition which doesn't work to affect change in this state or country. In our home one is registered R the other D just to balance it out because we are both Independent thinkers and we believe in our right to VOTE. Let's help get this two party rule changed in New Mexico!

     
  • Fred Stokes posted at 7:44 am on Wed, Jul 30, 2014.

    fredstokes Posts: 116

    What? King actually did something? He is not traveling and unavailable?

    Regrettably, he has acted to deny the vote to citizens of New Mexico in violation of our constitution.

     

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