On April 26, the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office approved the ballot access petitions filed earlier this month for the Constitution Party, the Green Party, and the Independent American Party.
These parties join the Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Americans Elect, and Independent Parties. The Independent Party, which has been ballot-qualified since 2008 because it polled over one-half of 1% of the presidential vote in 2008, is about to change its name to the Justice Party. New Mexico permits qualified parties to change their names. The Independent Party had nominated Ralph Nader in 2008.
The Independent American Party is not expected to have a presidential nominee. It was formed primarily to make it easier for a particular independent candidate for U.S. Senate to be on the ballot. New Mexico requires substantially fewer signatures for a new party than for an independent candidate. Thanks to Rick Lass for this news.