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Democrats appeal ruling on open Hawaii primary

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:15 a.m. HST, Dec 14, 2013

Hawaii Democrats are appealing a federal judge's ruling that upholds the state's primary election system, which allows voters to choose which party's primary they want to vote in no matter how they're registered.

Party officials filed a notice of appeal in federal court in Hawaii on Thursday. The notice says the party is appealing to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The party argues that allowing every registered voter to participate in its nominations is equivalent to forced political association.

A federal judge in Hawaii ruled last month that the party failed to prove the system is unconstitutional.

Hawaii has allowed voters to choose which primary they want to vote in since 1980.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a Democrat, has said he agrees with the open system.

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dsl wrote:
The dumocracks want to know!!! They're in control so give em what they want!!
on December 13,2013 | 03:43PM
pcman wrote:
Let the Dems have what they want. Only Dems vote for Dems. All others can vote for Repubs. LOL.
on December 13,2013 | 05:26PM
samidunn wrote:
Forced political association, in other words we want only hardcore democrats voting.
on December 13,2013 | 03:45PM
islandsun wrote:
They really fear being totally exposed and thrown in jail for their crimes.
on December 13,2013 | 05:09PM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
Go a step further and have all candidates listed on one ballot. Top two moves on to the general.
on December 13,2013 | 06:28PM
gofigga wrote:
That would mean a truly OPEN primary. That would be way too fair.I would go for the concept of the top three, however.
on December 14,2013 | 04:12AM
Bdpapa wrote:
Yup this would be the way to go.
on December 14,2013 | 11:05AM
mitt_grund wrote:
Republicans would do the same, if there were multiple choices available in their primary election slate. But if they are so popular, why are there no takers to run under the Republican banner.

Abercrombie realizes all too fully that he is unpopular with his own party, so, of course, he wants to keep the open primary.

If Republicans were in the same situation as Dems, they would be asking for a closed primary, too.

Simple fact, real politicians have no real conviction in the party they belong to. Whichever party brand gets them the win, is the party they belong to. Power in any form is the only goal, and personal enrichment, the result. It takes true party devotion to want to run as a candidate for a minority party -- someone like state Senator Sam Slom. However, if popular state Senator Slom decided to run for governor, would he win? Something tells me he knows he would get his East Honolulu stronghold. The rest of Hawaii would be in doubt. Maybe, he should throw his hat in the ring to test his vote-getting potential against Abercrombie

As for our past Governor Linda Cutter Lingle, she won because she was the leader of her own political cult. She was seen to be only another political toady when she relinquished her "Hawaii first" attitude and groveled to do her part in the McCain/Palin campaign. In the aftermath of that election, she lost her cult following, the aura of "lucky" Lingle, and her run for U.S. Senate - BIG time. Now, Lingle-lites have appeared to have vanished completely.

on December 14,2013 | 06:45AM
Denominator wrote:
You sound like you smoke from the same pipe as Abercrombie. You recognize voters look for similar values when they vote and then attribute Lingle's popularity to a "cult?" You deny your own statements. She won because she had great appeal to the large majority of votes. She scared the "machine" out of its pants! The Dems are still trying to throw dirt on her grave because she showed that Hawaii could easily be much more conservative and middle of the road if it had a reasonable leader.
on December 14,2013 | 07:40AM
Bdpapa wrote:
I agree with you. She scared people because she did what was right. People gonna bring up the furlough Fridays and the schools but what they never talk about is the options the DOE had and refused to cut back. We need more Idependent candidates who do what is right not what is right for the Party.
on December 14,2013 | 11:09AM
false wrote:
Sounds like a plan… You can only vote in the Democrat Primary if you show your Democrat Party ID card.
on December 14,2013 | 07:34AM
st1d wrote:
all parties should be able to nominate their own slate of candidates for general elections.

eliminate the state funded primaries and save millions of dollars.

on December 14,2013 | 10:40AM
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