State GOP eyes move to shut out independents from primary election

Cant-Vote-300x155By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Capitol Times

The Arizona Republican Party may be on the verge of a legal battle over an attempt to close its primary elections to independents. Some election attorneys say an old federal court ruling allowing Libertarians to opt out of the state’s open primary may provide a blueprint for success.

At an annual state committee meeting in January, the Arizona GOP voted overwhelmingly for a resolution instructing its executive committee to go to court in an attempt to close its primary. The resolution states that “Republicans should nominate Republican candidates without the threat of outside interference.”

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