VA Repubs Demand Loyalty Pledge from Voters
Tuesday, November 27th, 2007
A Why Tuesday? reader passed along the news that the Virginia State Board of Elections approved a request from the VA Republican party to have “all who apply for a GOP primary ballot first vow in writing that they’ll vote for the party’s presidential nominee next fall.” Weird, right?
The AP story says that in Virginia, voters aren’t required to register to vote by party. The oath of loyalty seems to be designed to keep non-Republicans from, in the words of the article, “meddling” in the election. I was most interested in the following comment left on the site:
Posted on 11/27 at 08:27 AM
I had planned to go to the Republican primary to support a presidential candidate that I could vote for in the 2008. I am an independent voter so I have an interest in having choices that will appeal to me. As an independent there is now way that I could pledge loyalty to one party. This oath smacks of elitism. There is no way that I will vote for any Republican ever again.
We’ll keep an eye on this story. If you have any thoughts or other info, feel free to pass it along.