Steve Rankin 
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Re: “Lawsuit, Round II

The proposed "modified open primary system" is unconstitutional. In 1986, the US Supreme Court gave parties the right to invite independents to vote in their primaries. This is up to each party; the state has no say-so in the matter. In 1995, a federal appeals court ruled that, when the state requires parties to hold primaries, the state must pay the costs of those primaries. If left to their own devices, the parties would not likely hold primaries, due to the expense. So the state will continue to mandate primaries, since the voters are accustomed to them. No court can order a closed primary. The courts' role is simply to rule on the constitutionality of Idaho's open primary law. If the law is struck down, each party will then be free to determine who votes in its primaries. Unless state law prohibits it, a party will even be able to invite members of opposing parties into its primaries. My take on all of this is HERE. ~~ Steve Rankin Jackson, Mississippi oldsouthwestATaol.com

Posted by Steve Rankin on 04/18/2008 at 10:37 AM

Re: “GOP Primary Suit: Game On

Idaho Democrats use caucuses to select their presidential delegates. For other offices, however, state law requires that the parties 1) nominate by primary, and 2) open those primaries to all voters. No. 2 is why the Idaho Republicans have filed their lawsuit. If the state were not forcing open primaries, there would be no need for the lawsuit.

Posted by Steve Rankin on 07/15/2007 at 4:05 PM

Re: “GOP Primary Suit: Game On

On June 8, in a lawsuit brought by the Mississippi Democrats, a U. S. district judge ruled the state's open primary law unconstitutional. The Virginia Republicans' similar suit is before the 4th U. S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond. In 1995, a federal appeals court ruled that, when a state requires parties to nominate by primary, the state must pay the costs of those primaries.

Posted by Steve Rankin on 07/13/2007 at 11:50 AM

Re: “Idaho GOP Move To Close Primaries

Virginia Republicans and Mississippi Democrats have separate federal lawsuits pending against their states' open-primary laws. The Virginia case is in the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals, while the Mississippi case will be heard by the US District Court on July 30. A ruling favorable to the plaintiff in either case will make a suit against Idaho's open-primary law an easy case.

If the courts outlaw state-mandated open primaries, each party will be free to determine who votes in its primaries. Utah, e.g., has voter registration by party. The Republicans there invite independents to vote in their primaries, whereas the Democrats invite ALL voters into their primaries.

29 states now register voters by party. Another 12 states have open primaries in which each primary voter's choice of party is publicly recorded.

~~ Steve Rankin Jackson, Mississippi

Posted by Steve Rankin on 06/05/2007 at 2:41 PM

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