3:07pm

Thu April 17, 2014
Local and State News

Court Revives Election Challenge Against Democrat

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's highest court has revived a lawsuit seeking to remove maverick Democratic Rep. Sandra Jeff of Crownpoint from the June 3 primary election ballot.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the case back to a district court in Gallup for a hearing Friday on whether Jeff submitted enough valid voter signatures on nominating petitions to qualify as a candidate.

Jeff has broken party ranks in the House to side with Republicans and Gov. Susana Martinez on high profiles issues, including proposals to stop the state from issuing driver's licenses to immigrants living illegally in the country.

The justices are temporarily blocking the secretary of state from mailing out ballots to overseas voters while the case is pending.

Two other Democrats are running against Jeff in the primary.