Legal Questions Raised Over Candidate Filings

Mar 24, 2012


SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney General Gary King's office says New Mexico courts likely will allow a dozen candidates, including the Senate's top leader, to remain on the primary election ballot despite the omission of some required information from their filing papers.

King's office provided a legal memo to Secretary of State Dianna Duran late Friday in response to questions whether she should exclude Senate President Tim Jennings of Roswell and other candidates from the ballot.

At issue are candidates who failed to list on their nominating petitions the political district in which they're seeking to run as candidates.

King's office sent a memorandum to Duran saying a court likely wouldn't require her to reject "an otherwise properly filed nominating petition solely" because the district was omitted.

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