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Suit seeks closed primary election

The state's current system dilutes the nominating process, says the Democratic Party of Hawaii

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jun 18, 2013

~~<p>The Democratic Party of Hawaii filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court challenging the state's open primary system as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment right to free association.</p>
<p>The lawsuit contends that only voters who are party members or who publicly declare party affiliation in advance should be able to participate in primaries. The open primary system, the suit alleges, enables all voters, including some who are indifferent to or even opposed to the party's beliefs, to help select the party's candidates.</p>
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The Democratic Party of Hawaii filed a lawsuit Monday in federal court challenging the state's open primary system as an unconstitutional violation of the First Amendment right to free association.

The lawsuit contends that only voters who are party members or who publicly declare party affiliation in advance should be able to participate in primaries. The open primary system, the suit alleges, enables all voters, including some who are indifferent to or even opposed to the party's beliefs, to help select the party's candidates. Login for more...



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