Monday, June 4, 2018

NM SoS Advocates for Open Primaries

New Mexico Secretary of State, Maggie Toulouse Oliver, advocates that New Mexico switch to a version of Open Primaries.

Open Primary: A Registered Voter may Vote in any Party Primary regardless of their own Party Affiliation.

A Semi-Closed Primary: is one in which Party-Affiliated Voters Cast Votes in their Party's Primary, and Non-Affiliated Voters can choose which Party's Primary to Vote in.

Currently New Mexico has Closed Primaries.

Voters who are Registered Members of a Qualified Party can only Vote in their Party’s Primary Election.

Under Oliver's Open Primary, Independent and Minor-Party Voters can choose any Primary Ballot.

Of the 1,233,513 Individuals Registered to Vote in New Mexico, 950,032 are Affiliated with one of the three Major Political Parties: Democrats, Republicans, and Libertarians.

The other 283,481 Voters either chose not to be Affiliated with any Political Party or Registered with one of the State’s Minor Parties: Green Party of New Mexico and Better for America Party of New Mexico.

That means about 23% of all New Mexico Voters will be forced to watch from the Sidelines during Primary Elections.

Oliver says: I’m going to push for an open primary system here in New Mexico, but I can’t do it alone. We need our lawmakers to pass legislation creating an open primary system that makes sense for New Mexico’s voters and we need a governor who will sign it into law. I’ll do my part by continuing to work with good government advocacy groups — like New Mexico Open Primaries — leading up to and during next year’s legislative session to find enough lawmakers to champion the cause and get the job done.

CLICK HERE for more information about New Mexico Open Primaries.

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