Virginia GOP Imposes “Loyalty Oath” for Presidential Primary

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    Although they have only two candidates on the ballot – Willard “Mitt” Romney and Ron Paul – the Virginia Republican Party apparently feels it needs to work even harder to reduce turnout for its presidential primary.

    At the request of the Virginia Republican Party, the State Board of Elections voted 3-0 today to close the March 6 presidential primary and require a loyalty oath for participation.

    That means anyone who wants to vote must sign a form at the polling place pledging to support the eventual Republican nominee for president. Anyone who refuses to sign the pledge will be barred from voting.

    So much for Democrats flooding the polls en masse – not that this was ever likely to happen, but whatever – to vote against McDonnell’s/Bolling’s favorite, Mr. “Corporations are PEOPLE!” Gotta love these guys.

    P.S. In related news, RPV Chair Pat Mullins says he followed the rules “by certifying the candidates who met the statutory requirements.”

    UPDATE: Too Conservative blog writes:

    This is really turning into a freak show with the late return of “THE PLEDGE”.  RPV is demanding that voters in the Presidential primary sign one of their ridiculous pledges, and the SBE, chaired by longtime RPV fixture Charles Judd, voted to allow this.  Unfortunately, as pointed out by Vivian Page, this is supposed to happen 90 days prior to the election date and may not be enforceable.  Looks like another lawsuit coming down the pike.

    The more I see of this whole process the more it stinks of an establishment push to help Romney at the expense of the other candidates.

    • kindler

      It’s certainly undemocratic. What if the Repub nominee is discovered to be someone who strangles babies in his spare time — then are you still bound by your oath?

    • K in VA

      Um, is this legal?

    • K in VA

      I may tell a lie and vote for Paul, just to throw a wrench into the works for Romney.

      After all, it’s not a sin to lie to a Republican …

    • observer

      Many states have voter registration by party, but Virginia doesn’t.  The state statutes allow this requirement, which is no more a burden than having to be a registered Republican in other states with closed primaries.  So what’s the big deal?



    • I still don’t understand how a strong believer in the 10th Amendment can ask the federal government to tell Virginia Republicans how to run their presidential primary. Hmmmm.  

    • VaCat

      The Dems better not protest too loudly.  We do the same thing.  This is done in Arlington for any Democratic primary – to the consternation not only of non-Ds, but of many Democrats as well.  I don’t know about the rest of the state.

    • Hugo Estrada

      I voted against open primaries in California in the 90s. I believe that party members should vote for their own candidates in the primary. It was defeated, and then I voted in the Republican primary for McCain. Was I trying to derailed the election? No, I actually preferred McCain circa 2000 over George W. Bush.

      If the parties don’t like the open primary system, they should change it. But if it exists, they should not hide behind pledges.

      Now I feel that I am definitely going to vote in the Republican primary. This kind of requirements are ridiculous and insulting.