New Mexico Secretary of State Won’t Defend Closed Primary in Court, so Attorney General Asks to Intervene

On July 30, New Mexico Attorney General Gary King asked the Bernalillo District Court that is hearing Crum v Duran to let him intervene in the case. The lawsuit, filed by some independent voters, says that the New Mexico Constitution requires that independent voters be allowed to vote in partisan primaries. The Secretary of State, Dianna Duran, has chosen not to defend the law, and she is the Defendant. Therefore, unless the Attorney General is allowed to intervene, there will be no one to defend the state law that says only party members may vote in party primaries.

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