Challenging Candidacy

  • Any voter may challenge the candidacy of any person seeking election to municipal office for the reason that the person does not meet the requirements for the office sought by filing a petition in the district court within seven days after the deadline for filing a declaration of candidacy.
  • The district court shall hear and render a decision on the matter within ten days after the filing of the petition.
  • The decision of the district court may be appealed to the Supreme Court within five days after the decision is rendered. The Supreme Court shall hear and render a decision on the appeal forthwith. §1-22-3.1(E)(5), NMSA 1978