Thursday, May 11, 2006

Mississippi: Dems can't stop independents from voting in primary


Federal judge refuses to halt Miss. Democrats' June 6 primaries
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sun Herald JACKSON - Mississippi Democrats won't be allowed to stop Republicans, independents or others from voting in the June 6 Democratic congressional primaries, under an order handed down Wednesday by a federal judge in Greenville.
"It would clearly be a disservice to the public to attempt to implement a major change in Mississippi's primary system less than one month before the next Democratic primary without Justice Department approval, without a way to determine who is and is not a Democrat, and without input from other political parties in this state," U.S. District Judge W. Allen Pepper wrote in refusing to grant a preliminary injunction.
Pepper's ruling was a procedural step in a lawsuit that the Mississippi Democratic Party filed earlier this year against the three-member State Board of Election Commissioners.
The lawsuit - which has caused a rift within the Democratic Party - seeks to limit participation in Democratic primaries to only those voters who plan to support the party's nominee in a general election.
Mississippi voters do not register by party.
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