State judge delays independent voter lawsuit

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A state district judge has delayed a decision in the case challenging the right of independent voters to vote in the primary.

State District Judge Denise Barela-Shepherd said Monday she wants both the Republican and Democrat parties to weigh in before she makes a ruling.

The lawsuit was filed by David Crum on behalf of the state’s 250,000 independent voters. The case seeks to allow people the right to pick a party on the day of the primary so they can vote.

Currently, state elections only let Republicans and Democrats vote during the primary. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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