- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 20, 2014

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) - Hobbs city commissioners have voted to allow a special election to decide if voter identification will be required in municipal elections.

But the Hobbs News-Sun reports (https://goo.gl/HKSSXj) that there was a mistake over number of petition signatures needed to change the city charter.

Still, commissioners approved Monday in a 5-2 vote to host an estimated $25,000 special election Dec. 9 for registered Hobbs voters.

City officials and staff made an error on the required number of valid signatures needed on the petition sponsored by the New Mexico Citizens Coalition.

Despite the possibility of being short on signatures, Hobbs Mayor Sam Cobb says that the valid signatures already tallied showed him the voter ID issue is something residents need to decide.

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