Members Only: Hawaii Democratic Party Seeks Closed Primary

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Robert Thomas
Robert Thomas

BY ROBERT THOMAS – A slight detour into our other favorite area of law, election law and voting rights.

Recently, the Democratic Party of Hawaii (finally, after years of hemming and hawing) pulled the trigger on a federal court lawsuit seeking to invalidate Hawaii’s “open primary” laws (Haw. Const. art II, § 4Haw. Rev. Stat. ch. 12), asserting they violate the Party’s First Amendment freedom of association.

Here are the Complaint and the Motion for Partial Summary Judgment and Preliminary Injunction, filed yesterday.

Here’s more on the story from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser (subscription may be necessary for full content). Or, try this story from Civil Beat (although it’s just a republishing of the Party’s press release).

Complaint, Democratic Party of Hawaii v Nago, No. CV13-00301 JMS KSC (D. Haw. 6-17-2013)

– See more at: http://www.inversecondemnation.com/#sthash.ydEZHYSD.dpuf

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