Friday, March 11, 2011

Repubs Sue State of South Carolina to Close Historically Open Primary

BROAD COALITION FIGHTS FOR OPEN PRIMARIES IN SOUTH CAROLINA
GOP argues case in open-primary lawsuit (BY ERIC CONNOR, Greenville Online) The Republican Party's lawsuit against the state of South Carolina and its Election Commission alleges that the state's laws governing their nomination process violate their constitutional right to free association and allow political rivals who don't espouse the party platform unfair influence in selecting a Republican candidate.... "In the case at bar, plaintiffs have offered no evidence of crossover voting much less of its extent and impact in South Carolina," wrote New York attorney Harry Kresky, who along with former Democratic state legislator Fletcher Smith is representing the independents. "The court must weigh the dramatic impact of a closed primary on independent voters who would be barred from participating in the first round of voting altogether," Kresky wrote.

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