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Democrats win first slot in general election ballot drawing

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Democratic Party candidates will be first on the general election ballot in November, followed by Libertarians as a result of the ballot drawing held Friday by the secretary of state. Republicans will be last on the ballot.

For the first time, minor parties participated in the same drawing as major parties, as a result of an administrative rule adopted by Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver.

The order of the political parties appearance is determined through a drawing of lots.

“It’s important that New Mexico voters have equal access to the ballot and that our elections are fair and secure,” Toulouse Oliver said.

New Mexicans have until Oct. 9 to register to vote in the general election.

The changes to the general election ballot order rule were adopted earlier this year establish the last Friday in August as the date of the drawing of lots. Previously, the drawing by political parties was held on the first Wednesday of September.

Recent legislation moved the deadline for county clerks to provide final ballot content to the state’s printer from 56 days to 63 days prior to election day, meaning the ballot order drawing would have occurred after the deadline for the ballots to be ready.