New Mexico Bill for a Semi-Closed Primary Passes First Committee Hurdle


By Richard Winger On Saturday, January 30, New Mexico HJR 12 passed the House Committee on Government, Elections, and Indian Affairs. See this story. It would amend the state Constitution to require parties to let independent voters vote in primaries. The bill now moves to the House Judiciary Committee. It will probably be amended. New Mexico has two tiers of qualified parties, large parties that nominate by primary, and small parties that nominate by convention. As worded, the legislation would appear to let minor party registrants vote in major party primaries. …read more