New Mexico counties eye attacking straight-party voting plan
Sep. 04, 2018
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Some New Mexico counties are planning to denounce an effort by Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver to bring back a straight-party voting option in November.
Dona Ana, San Juan, Curry and Roosevelt county commissions all are scheduled to discuss Tuesday the straight-party voting option with many commissioners expressing the need to publicly oppose the move.
Toulouse Oliver is facing criticism after she announced last week she was formatting the ballots to allow voting in which a slate of major party candidates can be chosen all at one time. Critics say state law prevented her from doing that and that the move was intended to give Democrats an advantage.
Toulouse Oliver says her decision is legal and intended to provide "voters with many options."