Jaded JD, via Not Larry Sabato reports that Senator Cucccinelli has won an appeal in Miller v. Brown, and we’re one step closer to having voter registration by party in Virginia. This is wonderful news.
For years activists on both sides have tried to pollute the nomination process for the Republican and Democratic parties, possibly hampering the ability of both parties to select nominees who truly reflect the preference of the parties. Enacting party registration in Virginia will improve the democratic process and provide a fair contest between the two parties where voters get the best candidates both parties can provide.
Now the case must be heard on it’s own merits, and I am confident that Senator Cuccinelli will once again prevail.
UPDATE: Jaded JD corrects the record with the following comment, which deserves promotion:
Not so. The subject of voter registration by party was not before the trial court last year or before the appeals court this summer. The subject will not be before the trial court again this fall on remand. Regardless of the outcome of the case, creating a system of voter registration by party is within the authority of the legislature. The court may say Virginia may not force the parties to choose nominees by OPEN primaries, but because the OPEN primary is the only primary authorized by state law, parties would be obliged to nominate by canvass, mass meeting, or convention until an alternative primary scheme is enacted by the General Assembly. Even if the court were to mandate closed primaries, the only method of “closing” is the method in the State Party Plan–and that is not a method that depends upon or institutes voter registration by party.
UPDATE 2: Jaded JD expands on this here.
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