Court says New Mexico’s closed primary system is constitutional

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – The state Supreme Court has ruled that New Mexico’s closed primary election system is constitutional.

The ruling was based on a lawsuit filed by Albuquerque resident David Crum.

Crum, an Independent, was not permitted to vote during the June 2014 election because he is not registered as a Democrat or Republican.

Under New Mexico’s closed primary election system, a voter who wants to vote in the primary must be affiliated with a major political party. Crum claimed this was unconstitutional.

He took his case all the way to the state Supreme Court, which ruled that state lawmakers have the power to enact laws that secure purity of elections and guard against abuse, which is the case here.

There is a bill currently in the Legislature that would change this system. It has yet to make it to the Full House for a vote.

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