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Signature Requirements for an Independent Candidate in New Mexico

Robert Timothy Reagan, Margaret S. Williams, Marie Leary, Catherine R. Borden, Jessica L. Snowden, Patricia D. Breen, Jason A. Cantone
September 23, 2016
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Parker v. Duran (Martha Vázquez, D.N.M. 1:14-cv-617)
An independent candidate who did not collect enough signatures to appear on the general election ballot filed a federal complaint challenging the signature requirement as improperly greater than the requirement for minor-party candidates. The district court denied the plaintiff relief, and the court of appeals affirmed dismissal of the case.
Topics: Getting on the ballot; equal protection; intervention.

One of many Case Studies in Emergency Election Litigation.