So it was announced by the New Mexico Supreme Court that the lawsuit against Joe Cervantes campaign for governor was dismissed on a legal technicality. The actual evidences of fraud was never reviewed. Now this is very disappointing and serious because it harms not just the other candidates but also the voters of New Mexico. No one should ever be able to question the results of our state elections either in the primary or in the general elections.
The law states that the Secretary of State’s office will review all signatures collected by candidates in the event that they do not get the required votes at the Democratic Party State Convention to be placed on the primary ballot. The Secretary of State’s office has not been given the money or the manpower to do their job in this election season. The governor is enjoying creating division in the Democratic Party by pitting one candidate and their supporters against another.
We should be very disturbed by what is going on in the democratic primary. A system was created to provide for a fair and balanced method of getting candidates onto the statewide ticket. This type of problem where the system fails to follow the stated laws and policies undermines our election process and calls into question any candidate elected to public office.
I understand why the candidates would feel angry and unfairly treated by this process. I understand why the voters would feel cheated by the failure of the system to process the results in an honest and fair manner.
I am calling on the Secretary of State’s office to carry out the review and do their job before the ballots are printed! We need to know that the candidates that are on the ballot are entitled to be there in the first place. We need to know that politics are not corrupting our election system in favor of anyone candidate. The voters in this state deserve a fair and honest election process!