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New Mexico high court hears arguments in 2004 election case

[JURIST] The New Mexico Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments Monday in a lawsuit filed by 2004 presidential candidates David Cobb [Green Party official website] and Michael Badnarik [Libertarian Party official website]. Attorneys for Cobb and Badnarik argued that New Mexico election officials deliberately obstructed justice by giving counties permission to clear electronic voting machines while their demand for a recount of New Mexico's presidential vote was still pending. Also at issue is the $1.4 million security deposit required for the recount. Attorneys for the candidates contend that the state Canvassing Board [list of members] exceeded its power under state law by requiring a deposit in excess of $1 million. Attorneys for the board maintain that it properly handled the recount request, and all fees were proper. AP has more.

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