Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Idaho's Open Primary Ruled Unconstitutional

Posted By on Wed, Mar 2, 2011 at 2:18 PM

"The Court finds that Plaintiffs have met their burden."

With that, U.S. District Judge B.Lynn Winmill handed down a decision today declaring Idaho's open primary system unconstitutional.

In the case of Republican Party versus Ben Ysursa (Idaho's Attorney General representing the status quo), the GOP had argued that its primaries had been impacted by what they called "raiding" by opposing parties. Winmill wrote in his decision that he found "clear evidence of crossover voting." Winmill cited several pieces of evidence, which concluded that when Republicans and Independents are lumped together "there is more than likely a 20 to 30 percent crossover."

Read Winmill's decision.

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