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Activist Loses N.M. Ballot Bid

August 1, 2002

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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) _ A federal judge rejected American Indian activist Russell Means’ bid to get on the ballot as a third-party candidate for governor.

Circuit Judge Paul Kelly Jr. dismissed Means’ complaints about the state requirements for getting on the ballot. ``States have the power to determine voter qualifications and the qualifications for office,″ he said.

Means sued last week after missing a deadline to file the roughly 5,000 signatures needed to get on the ballot.

Means, who sought to run as a member of the Independent Coalition Party, complained that the rules discriminate against third-party candidates by requiring them to collect more signatures than the Democrats or Republicans.

He also challenged a state law barring felons from holding office. He was convicted in 1975 of rioting to obstruct justice for his role in a Sioux Falls, S.D., courthouse clash between American Indian Movement supporters and police.

Means did not immediately return a call for comment.

Democrat Bill Richardson, former U.S. secretary of energy, and Republican state Rep. John Sanchez are on the Nov. 5 ballot in the race to succeed outgoing Gov. Gary Johnson.

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