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  •  If I recall correctly, Alaska used to have (0+ / 0-)

    a truly open primary where you would show up and be handed a ballot with all the candidates listed. You could only vote for one candidate, but it could be a Democrat, Republican or independent.  Thus you could vote for a Democrat in the senate race, a Republican in the house race, and back to Democrats in the state races.  The Alaska GOP sued in a case that went to SCOTUS to have their own closed primary.  Their argument was that only their "members" should get to pick their candidates.  My thought at the time was, "Fine, then pay for your own election."

    A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, Congress shall have the power to pass necessary regulations.

    by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 08:03:31 PM PDT

    •  Just looked it up to see if my memory (0+ / 0-)

      was correct.  This was known as a blanket primary.  The Alaska GOP lost its case before the Alaska GOP and the SCOTUS declined to take the case.  However, the SCOTUS later took up a case from California and declared the blanket primary violated a party's right of association.

      In the first primary after the California decision, Alaska's Republicans had a separate primary ballot with only Republican candidates and in which only registered Republicans could vote.  After that primary they allowed Republicans and anyone registered as a voter with no specified party affiliation to vote in their primary.  The Democrats, Alaska Independence Party, and the Green Party continued to use a modified blanket primary system where all candidates except Republicans appear on the ballot, and any registered voter can vote except registered Republicans.

      A well-regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, Congress shall have the power to pass necessary regulations.

      by Fiddler On A Hot Tin Roof on Mon Jun 16, 2014 at 08:23:18 PM PDT

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