WEST VIRGINIA INDEPENDENTS
GOP Votes to Stick With Primary (By Whitney Burdette, WTRF) State Republican Executive Committee voted Saturday to select presidential nominee by primary - “Albeit we’d love to pick early, we think it’s important that voters not be confused by the process,” he said. “Independents are able to participate in our process. In the convention format, independent voters were unable to participate.”
In West Virginia, where state law allows parties to determine whether primaries are open to independents, Republican primaries are open to independents, while Democratic primaries were closed. However, as of April 1, 2007, West Virginia's Democratic Party opened its voting to allow "individuals who are not affiliated with any existing recognized party to participate in the election process".