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Inhabitant of New Mexico, registered to vote with the party for which you are the candidate
All candidates seeking primary election nomination to United States representative shall file declarations of candidacy with the SOS.
Candidates shall file nominating petitions at the time of filing their declarations of candidacy.
Candidates who seek, but do not obtain, preprimary convention designation by a major political party may file new declarations of candidacy and nominating petitions.
Candidates who seek preprimary convention designation shall file nominating petitions at the time of filing declarations of candidacy. Nominating petitions for those candidates shall be signed by a number of voters equal to at least 2 percent of the total vote of the candidate’s party in the state or congressional district, or the following number of voters, whichever is greater: for congressional candidates, 77 voters.
A candidate who fails to receive the preprimary convention designation that the candidate sought may collect additional signatures to total at least 4 percent of the total vote of the candidate’s party in the state or congressional district, whichever applies to the office the candidate seeks, and file a new declaration of candidacy and nominating petitions for the office for which the candidate failed to receive a preprimary designation. The declaration of candidacy and nominating petitions shall be filed with the secretary of state either ten days following the date of the preprimary convention at which the candidate failed to receive the designation or on the date all declarations of candidacy and nominating petitions are due.
(The dates of the preprimary conventions are determined by each political Party)
Signature requirement for offices not subject to preprimary convention designation:
Nominating petitions for candidates for any other office to be voted on at the Primary Election for which a nominating petition is required shall be signed by a number of voters equal to the greater of: (1) at least three percent (3%) of the total vote of the candidate’s party in the district or division.