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No need to declare a party to vote in primary election

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jul 29, 2014

~~<p><strong>Question:</strong> I just got my absentee ballot for the primary election. There was a note that said I must choose a political party to which I belong, and once I choose a party, I cannot vote for any candidate outside that party or my vote will be voided. When was this ridiculous law passed?</p>
<p><strong>Answer:</strong> Hawaii has had an open primary since 1978, when voters approved a constitutional amendment that did away with the old system: a closed primary in which only voters registered with a political party could vote for that party's candidates.</p>
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Question: I just got my absentee ballot for the primary election. There was a note that said I must choose a political party to which I belong, and once I choose a party, I cannot vote for any candidate outside that party or my vote will be voided. When was this ridiculous law passed?

Answer: Hawaii has had an open primary since 1978, when voters approved a constitutional amendment that did away with the old system: a closed primary in which only voters registered with a political party could vote for that party's candidates. Login for more...



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