2009 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 1 - Elections.
Article 8 - Nominations and Primary Elections
Section 1-8-26 - Primary election law; time of filing; documents necessary to qualify for ballot; challenge.

1-8-26. Primary election law; time of filing; documents necessary to qualify for ballot; challenge.

A.     Declarations of candidacy by preprimary convention designation for any statewide office or for the office of United States representative and declarations of candidacy for retention of a justice of the supreme court or judge of the court of appeals shall be filed with the proper filing officer on the second Tuesday in February of each even-numbered year between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

B.     Declarations of candidacy for any other office and declarations of candidacy for retention for all affected district judicial offices shall be filed with the proper filing officer on the third Tuesday of March of each  even-numbered year between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

C.     Certificates of designation shall be submitted to the secretary of state on the first Tuesday following the preprimary convention at which the candidate's designation took place between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

D.     No candidate's name shall be placed on the ballot until the candidate has been notified in writing by the proper filing officer that the declaration of candidacy, the petition, if required, and the certificate of registration of the candidate on file are in proper order and that the candidate, based on those documents, is qualified to have the candidate's name placed on the ballot.  The proper filing officer shall mail the notice no later than 5:00 p.m. on the Tuesday following the filing date.

E.     If a candidate is notified by the proper filing officer that the candidate is not qualified to have the candidate's name appear on the ballot, the candidate may challenge that decision by filing a petition with the district court within ten days of the notification.  The district court shall hear and render a decision on the matter within ten days after the petition is filed.

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