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New Mexico GOP sues to halt absentee vote counting in Las Cruces mayoral race

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An absentee ballot is seen in this file photo.

LAS CRUCES, New Mexico — The Republican Party of New Mexico says it is suing the New Mexico Secretary of State and the Doña Ana County Clerk to halt the counting of absentee ballots. (You can watch the GOP news conference in the video player at the top of this article.)

GOP officials on Monday announced the party's lawsuit against the state's Secretary of State and the Doña Ana clerk around allegations both are ignoring a 2019 law over for absentee voting. (You can read the entire lawsuit document at the end of this article.)

Republicans say the law calls for absentee voters to provide names, addressed, and years of birth. The state GOP claims some Doña Ana voters have submitted improper ballots in the Las Cruces mayoral race.

A spokesman for Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver says the statewide guidance on absentee voting that the office provided complies with the intent of the law.

Doña Ana County Clerk Amanda Lopez Askin did not immediately comment, indicating she had not yet been servd with a copy of the suit.

The party in its lawsuit asks the Third Judicial District Court for an injunction to stop the counting of the absentee votes.

The GOP also wants the court to set a uniform statewide standard for qualifying and counting absentee votes for future elections.

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