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Federal judge upholds Hawaii's open primary election system

By Star Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:04 p.m. HST, Nov 14, 2013

A federal judge today upheld Hawaii's open primary system as constitutional.

The Democratic Party of Hawaii had challenged the open primary in June as a violation of the First Amendment right to free association because all voters -- regardless of political party -- can participate in choosing the party's candidates for general elections. The party argued that only voters who are Democrats or who affiliate with the Democratic Party before primaries should be allowed to participate.

U.S. District Court Judge J. Michael Seabright issued a written order that concluded that the party failed to show that the open primary is a "severe burden" on its free association rights and made assumptions about voter behavior without presenting evidence.

Voters approved the state's open primary system through a 1978 constitutional amendment. The state had a closed primary system between 1968 and 1978.

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8082062424 wrote:
The Democratic Party trying to get more control. im glad they cant
on November 14,2013 | 02:42PM
saywhatyouthink wrote:
That's just what it was ... a attempted power grab. The democratic party leadership is corrupt beyond belief in Hawaii. If you're not a developer,monopoly business owner or union member they could care less what you think.
on November 14,2013 | 08:02PM
Mythman wrote:
Now, the dem party insiders will simply either ignore the ruling or find a way to make an end run around it. That the dems follow federal law when it interferes with what they want to do is not a fact. The do whatever they want and to heck with any law that would stop them if enforced. proof? who is going to enforce this ruling.
on November 14,2013 | 03:34PM
2NDC wrote:
This is even more important now, given the actions of those in office. Many of them ignored their duty to represent the voice of the people and let their personal beliefs as well as politics sway their votes. The people need to unite and vote these self serving individuals out of office. We need congress members who will do the right thing and represent the people regardless of what their personal beliefs are.
on November 14,2013 | 03:34PM
islandsun wrote:
Criminals at it again.....
on November 14,2013 | 03:47PM
holumuahawaii wrote:
Thank God! The politically insane desire to make the Democratic Party smaller and purer, was, in a word, nuts.
on November 14,2013 | 10:01PM
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