Jackie Salit, President of IndependentVoting.org, issued this statement on the U.S. District Court decision ruling Idaho's open primary system unconstitutional:
"The decision of the U.S. District Court today is a deep disappointment to the independent voters whose political rights are now seriously impaired. The Republican Party asked the court to give it the right to redesign Idaho's electoral process and relegate independents to the "no man's land" of a closed primary system. The court gave them that right, in effect blurring the critical distinction between a public function, like elections, and the private interests of a political party. This is a dangerous precedent for our democracy. The entire process in the federal court reveals the conflicts inherent in this situation. First, the court allowed us, the independents, to be admitted as intervenors over the objections of the Republican Party, on the grounds that our interests deserved recognition and representation. But then the court negated those interests by allowing the Republican Party to run roughshod over them. We are in the process of assessing the decision and will decide what course to follow."
IDAHO OPEN PRIMARY DEFENSE
- Open primary unconstitutional - Ruling paves way for only GOP members to vote on candidates (By TODD DVORAK/Associated Press, Coeur d'Alene Press ID) "The Republican Party asked the court to give it the right to redesign Idaho's electoral process and relegate independents to the 'no man's land' of a closed primary system," said Jackie Salit of IndependentVoting.org, a national organization with an Idaho affiliate which supports independent voters.
- Judge (William L. Spence, Lewiston Morning
Tribune, Election 2010/Meet the 112th) Several groups representing independent voters intervened in the lawsuit, hoping to maintain the open primary system. Jackie Salit, president of IndependentVoting.org, said Winmill’s decision “is a deep disappointment to the independent voters whose political rights are now seriously impaired.”
- Idaho’s open primary infringes on GOP, judge rules (Betsy Z. Russell, The Spokesman-Review) “An important corollary of the right to freely associate is a right not to associate,” wrote U.S. District Judge Lynn Winmill in his decision. He found “clear evidence of crossover voting” in Idaho’s primaries. Idaho has never required its voters to register their party affiliation.
- Judge: GOP can restrict primary to members (Idaho Press
- Judge says Idaho can't require open primaries (By Laura Zuckerman, WHTC Idaho)
The stateargued that the Idaho Republican Party failed to demonstrate damage from crossover voting and that closing primaries would interfere with Idaho's valued tradition of allowing voters to register on election day.
- Court ruling pushes Idaho toward party registration primaries (By Brad Iverson-Long, Idaho Reporter) College of Idaho political economy professor Jasper LiCalzi said many Idahoans consider themselves independents, even if they typically side with one party. He said those voters wouldn’t want to be shut out of primary elections. “That’s not going to be all that popular,” LiCalzi said.
- Judge rules in favor of Idaho GOP in open primary case (by Jamie Grey, KTVB.COM)
- VIDEO http://www.ktvb.com/news/Judge-rules-in-favor-of-Idaho-GOP-in-open-primary-case-117258328.html
- Idaho GOP open primary ruled unconstitutional (Associated Press, KIVI TV - Boise) The ruling ends a federal lawsuit that pitted Republican against Republican. In this case,
the stateparty and its chairman Norm Semanko sued the Idaho Secretary of State, Republican Ben Ysursa, to dismantle the 38-year-old primary system.
- Federal judge rules with Idaho GOP, declares party's open primary unconstitutional (TODD DVORAK Associated Press, The Republic - Columbus IN) The ruling by U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill deals specifically with Republican primary elections and paves the way for the GOP controlled legislature to begin working on changing state law to change the rules for casting ballots in those early nominating contests.
- Judge rules Idaho's open primary is unconstitutional (Lewiston
Tribune) "This case presents the question whether the Stateof Idaho's use of an open primary system to determine nominees for the general election violates the Idaho Republican Party's First Amendment rights," Judge Winmill wrote...
- District judge rules that Idaho open primaries violate Republican Party rights (Magic Valley Times-News) Winmill also notes that Idaho Republicans didn't seek an "affirmative remedy" in their lawsuit.
- Idaho’s open primary declared unconstitutional (Posted by Betsy, 19 comments included below, Spokesman Review/Eye On Boise) COMMENT - danofthecommunity: I know I would be very upset as an independent voter if I were expected to pay for countwide primary elections (which are big ticket items) for the parties but told, you must pay but you can’t play unless you join either the red or the blue
- Idaho GOP Open Primary Ruled Unconstitutional (By Associated Press, Local News 8)