New Mexico ballot access challenges
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Libertarian Party fights for ballot access in New Mexico
The ACLU is arguing for the Libertarian Party which tried to gain access to the ballots in 2006 but was denied due to extensive filing requirements. First the party had to gather enough signatures file for formal party status and then a second petition had to be conducted to place the new parties nominees on the ballot. Nominees for the Republican or Democratic party were not required to participate in this type of petition drive.
The Libertarian Party has lost its appeal that it is unconstitutionally burdensome for the state to require minor parties and their candidates to collect two sets of signatures from registered voters in order to qualify a minor party for the ballot. The 10th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has upheld a ruling made last year by a federal judge in Santa Fe who rejected the challenge.