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Open primary is lawful, state says

The Democratic Party has failed to show how its rights have been violated, court filings state

By Derrick DePledge

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

~~<p>The state attorney general's office has defended the state's open primary as constitutional, arguing that even if it places a burden on political parties, that burden is justified because of the state's interest in removing barriers to voting, protecting voter privacy and supporting a vibrant multiparty system.</p>
<p>The Democratic Party of Hawaii filed a lawsuit in June alleging that the open primary violates the party's free association rights under the First Amendment. In filings in federal court on Monday, the state, which is representing Scott Nago, the chief election officer, counters that the party has failed to demonstrate how the open primary infringes on its rights.</p>
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The state attorney general's office has defended the state's open primary as constitutional, arguing that even if it places a burden on political parties, that burden is justified because of the state's interest in removing barriers to voting, protecting voter privacy and supporting a vibrant multiparty system.

The Democratic Party of Hawaii filed a lawsuit in June alleging that the open primary violates the party's free association rights under the First Amendment. In filings in federal court on Monday, the state, which is representing Scott Nago, the chief election officer, counters that the party has failed to demonstrate how the open primary infringes on its rights. Login for more...



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