Judge hears lawsuit involving independent voting

SANTA FE (KRQE) – A case that could change the state’s primary election system is being decided right now.

State District Judge Denise Barela-Shepherd is hearing a case filed by David Crum. He wants to allow people the right to pick a party on the day of the primary so they can vote.

Currently, only Republicans and Democrats can vote in primary elections, something critics say contributes to low voter turnout and restricts independents and those who have not listed a party affiliation.

The Republican Party of New Mexico wants the lawsuit dismissed.

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